Washington Post selects Reagan staffer as publisher, but don't expect change in slant
Jeff Bezos has named Fred Ryan to be the Washington Post's new publisher. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official. He served as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling and as head the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. Near the end of Reagan's second term, Ryan became Assistant to the President, the highest level of staff position in the White House, as I understand it.
After Reagan left office, Ryan served as Chief of Staff to the former president. He was responsible for the establishment and operation of Reagan's office in Century City, and he helped create the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Should liberals worry that Ryan's selection as publisher of the Post signals less leftism in the paper's news coverage and less liberalism in it editorial page? I don't think so.
Ryan co-founded Politico, which is about as reliably left-leaning as the Post. Moreover, those who have worked with various media companies owned by Ryan's corporation say he's a businessman above all else, and not one to attempt to influence the direction of coverage or editorial policy...Also read:
WaPo Highlights New Publisher's Reagan Ties, Hints It Could 'Cause Questions' About Conservative Bias
It's morning at the Washington Post again; Left reacts as expected
Bezos (Amazon/WaPo) hires a Reagan worshiper as publisher of WaPo to go along w/ his Amazon/CIA cloud partnership. http://t.co/fmOcrRgEXG
— Noah Bird, Dropout (@noahbird11) September 2, 2014