As far back as January 22, 2011 and actually before that date, I wrote that if CNN and other liberal news outlets wanted to survive and thrive all they had to do was give the people what they wanted. I also said they need not reinvent the wheel. FOX already did it and the blueprints were there for everyone to copy, i.e. become alternative conservative news sites. Obviously, they did not take my advice to their imminent peril. Hundreds of CNN employees will soon be canned as the company’s worldwide empire shrinks faster than Britain’s in the last century. It’s what happens when you consistently slap potential success in the face because you just don’t like the way it looks.
There is however someone who not only thinks my advice is spot on or is simply another great mind thinking like a greater one. Both of us being master common sense visionaries, me in a vacuum, him on a yacht somewhere, Jeff Bezos has just made a decision that has the potential of breaking the liberal hold on the mainstream media.
It took Bezos awhile, perhaps to wisely assess the situation, but things at the Washington Post are about to change big time. In an announcement by the paper itself today, Frederick J. Ryan will be the new publisher of the Washington Post. He will be replacing the liberal, Katherine Weymouth who is the last in the line of the Graham family’s choices to publish the paper. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com purchased the Washington Post for $250 million dollars in 2013. The right or wrong of his purchase decision is still up in the air, but he today made it clear, WAPO’s days of being the bane of the right are over.
Who is Frederick J. Ryan? The Post itself states the 59 year old attorney is “a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico [dot com], a primarily digital news organization that competes with The Post on political coverage. [Ryan] spent years rising in the Reagan administration, eventually becoming a top presidential aide and key leader in the construction of his presidential library and numerous other initiatives after Reagan left office in 1989.”
Need we say any more?
Sometimes being so far ahead of the curve is infuriating for me, but this time it is somewhat soul-satisfying though few will ever know the game plan originated here in the humble halls of PJ Fusco On The News.
With Ryan at the helm, the Washington Post will now, at the very minimum, be more fair and balanced. If it wants to make money, it will become the New York Times’ worst nightmare, a competitor with an engine firing on all cylinders instead of another liberal rag catering to a blown out political agenda.
The die is cast for a monumental makeover at the Post, Ryan telegraphed his determination in an interview on Monday. According to the above cited article, “Ryan called The Post ‘a world-class news organization’ that has made substantial progress in building a digital readership. He said it would continue to pursue a ‘growth strategy’ that involved investing in journalistic innovation to expand The Post’s reach and audience (italics ours). What that means should be clear to every paper-reading news hound with any sense at all. He’s going after the largest audience, the conservative audience which demonstrates its strength every day by making FOX by far the most watched news organization in the country in every demographic that counts. The Post will no longer be flavored with liberal syrup and its reach will extend beyond mere using the successful Politico template Ryan developed. Under his leadership the Post will develop muscles years of lazy liberalism left to atrophy. The potential is enormous since the audience is not only there, but anxiously awaiting a giant member of the print media to go toe to toe with the industry’s liberal elite. It will be FOX News in print.
Now, because we were right three years and more ago when we offered this very same advice to all media outlets on the left, allow the following predictions:
The effect of Jeff Bezos’ decision to replace a Graham family appointee as publisher at the Washington Post with an erstwhile Reagan advisor will be tsunami-like throughout the mainstream media. Liberals never saw this coming. Worse, it comes at a time when liberalism under Barack Obama is crumbling. Support for liberal causes and candidates will plummet as the media begins to mimic the Post. You will see a wholesale shift in the media’s political leanings. Why? Because if there are truly sheeple in America, they are concentrated in the media. It sees the New York Times and the Washington Post as royalty, what happens when those dinosaurs stamp their feet ripples throughout the media world. Soon you will see CNN follow suit, then other media outlets across the country, then, as a function of the necessity to play in the same arena or die altogether, the networks will be forced to detach themselves from a discredited agenda, they will join the new fold. Finally, the likes of MSNBC will be shuttered once and for all, the New York Times will be sold to someone like Donald Trump who will radically change it to compete with other conservative outlets.
It will take a few years, but the change is upon us. Someday we will look back and credit Jeff Bezos for helping kick start a revolution which has been brewing for a decade or more. Liberalism is yesterday’s philosophy, like 1960s hippies in a drug induced dancing frenzy it will be an embarrassing reminder of what self-inflicted stupidity looks like.