In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the long-overdue departure of Ezra Klein from the Washington Post:
We don’t know if Jeff Bezos laughed aloud when Ezra Klein, one of his star bloggers at The Washington Post, pitched an idea for a new website and asked for an eight-figure check to get it off the ground. We do know that Bezos decided to let him to seek investors elsewhere.
Many in the media establishment seem to have concluded that Bezos has shot himself in the foot by not showering cash on his resident ‘wunderkind.’
But Bezos is no dummy. He didn’t earn enough money to buy one of the country’s most respected publications by making dumb decisions.
Klein is profoundly ignorant in his ostensible areas of expertise … As recently as three weeks ago, apparently unaware that countless studies have shown Medicaid coverage to be worse for one’s health than no coverage at all, he described Obamacare’s expansion of that failed program as a ‘huge win.’
Interestingly, on the same day that Klein’s departure was confirmed, The Post also announced a partnership with The Volokh Conspiracy.
Eugene Volokh and his co-conspirators have been ‘lawblogging’ since Klein was in high school. They enjoy a vast national readership.
All of which suggests that, rather than committing a blunder, Bezos has traded up. To read the rest of the column, click here.