Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com who shocked media watchers when he agreed to buy The Washington Post, told the struggling newspaper he will guide it using the same approach that successfully shaped his e-commerce site and turned it into the world's largest online retailer.
In his first interview since the deal was made on Aug. 5, Bezos told the Post's Paul Farhi on Tuesday that he will put the customer first, encourage innovation and be patient.
"If we figure out a new golden era at the Post ... that will be due to the ingenuity and inventiveness and experimentation of the team at the Post," he told the paper. "I'll be there with advice from a distance. If we solve that problem, I won't deserve credit for it."
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