WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Some of this city's best known and brightest journalists were hiding from public comment today, reduced to mere staffers, not wanting to say anythingthat might give new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezosreason to call them out.
Columnist Robert (Bob) McCarthy waspractically alone in explaining on camera that the Post newsroom is divided among those who feel thecup is half full and those who see it as half empty.
McCarthy says his colleagues knowthe founder of Amazon.com is an incredibly wealthy guywho can spend whatever amount to bring in new technology, staff and digital know how to take the Post to big profitability.
At the same timehe says the staff is concerned that Bezoshas never owned a newspaper and lives on the west coast.
Former DC Mayor Marion Barry also weighed in on the sale. He too is surprised the Graham family is giving up the newspaper but Barry charges the Post has become far less relevant in many communities. Its editorial board is too fixed on DC corruption and no longer concerned about the low income residents and their struggles.
Councilman Barry says he and others fear Bezos could be even less sensitive, so they will be meeting with him.
More staff meetings are planned for Post employees. In a letter Bezossaid "the values of the Post do not need changing".