What does the sale of the Washington Post mean for print newspapers?

News broke yesterday that the Washington Post had been purchased for $250 million by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. According to the Washington Post, the newspaper has suffered a 44% decline in operating revenue over the last six years and a 7% circulation decline in the first half of 2013 alone.

The Washington Post enjoys a fairly strong digital presence, but the sale raises questions about the future of the print newspaper. In 2012, Bezos told a German newspaper that print would be dead in 20 years because no one would bother paying for news.

In a statement yesterday, however, Bezos said the Post is “an important institution” but added he does not have a “worked out plan” for the “unchartered territory” he has entered. He said the future of the Washington Post would require “experimentation.”

“So Bezos has just purchased the Washington Post,” Glenn said on radio this morning, “which I think is fantastic.”

“After saying that the print industry was dead just a couple of years ago,” Stu interjected. “I'm not arguing that necessarily. I'm just saying it's surprising that you'd spend $250 million on something [you think is dead].”

Glenn has made his opinions about the future of media well known, and, like Bezos, he believes that the print industry’s days are numbers. With that said, Glenn understands Bezos’ decision to purchase the paper.

“He is absolutely right about the print industry being dead and why he bought it. He spent $250 million to buy the logo, to buy the name, the Washington Post,” Glenn explained. “And he will fundamentally transform that and it will no longer be a newspaper probably in five years. It’s got to be his bet.”

The interesting thing, however, is how quickly the media landscape is changing. This year, digital usage has surpassed television usage for the first time in history. In 2010, people spent an average of 3 hours and 14 minutes using digital devices (i.e. online, mobile). In 2011 that average jumped to 3 hours 50 minutes. This year, digital consumption accounts for 5 hours and 9 minutes of a person’s day.

Television, meanwhile, has remained relatively steady going from an average of 4 hours and 24 minutes in 2010 to 4 hours and 31 minutes in 2013. Radio has witnessed a similar trend, dropping slightly from 4 hours and 36 minutes in 2010 to 4 hours and 26 minutes in 2013.

Bezos is clearly a very savvy businessman, but given the downward trajectory of the Washington Post in recent years and the tremendous culture shift toward digital media, Glenn questioned the value of the Washington Post brand in today’s world.

“I mean, you know, maybe he's right. He's much smarter than I am,” Glenn explained. “But he's looking at the name, which doesn't really mean anything to the next generation. The Washington Post means nothing. They don't care about Watergate. And what has the Washington Post done lately? The Washington Post – if they start to break real news – could be valuable, but the Washington Post doesn't mean anything. It means less to the American people than the New York Times does.”

Ultimately, Glenn believes the future lies in the value of the content, not the value of the brand.

“Here's a guy who's coming in. He's like, ‘I'm going to fix the media because I'm going to spend $250 million on this brand and I'm going to make sure that it's digitized.’ Well, who gives a flying crap if it's digitized, if it's digitized crap,” Glenn said. “I mean you don't get to be [someone like Bezos] without counting the money and caring about the money. If you have that kind of money, you have a profound responsibility to do something meaningful with that money. And Bezos is clearly so much smarter than, you know, any of the yahoos on this program and 10 times smarter than [me]. He knows what he's doing, but look at the content, not the delivery system.”

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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