Nolte: Woke Gestapo Now Targeting WaPo CEO and Publisher Will Lewis

A person walks into the One Franklin Square Building, home of The Washington Post newspape
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Now that the corporate media’s Woke Gestapo has successfully taken out Rob Winnett as the Washington Post’s new executive editor, CEO and publisher William Lewis is next on the chopping block.

And this is all going down after the far-left Post has lost half its readership. Why, just last year, the rag lost $77 million. As far as credibility, please…

So, in late 2023, Washington Post owner and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos made some moves. Will Lewis was brought in as CEO and publisher. Lewis then put an end to Sally Buzbee’s three disastrous years as executive editor. Then Lewis convinced Winnett to exit the Daily Telegraph and take over Buzbee’s job. Why not? Under Winnett, the Daily Telegraph is popular and makes about as much money annually as the Post loses. So it all made sense. Except…

The Hitler Youth who make up much of the Post’s newsroom do not want to hear about any kind of reform or change. They want to continue to treat the Post as their own personal anti-Trump, pro-trans/child mutilation blog. In fact, they feel they are entitled to have Bezos lose $100 million per year so they can do good.

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Jeff Bezos speaks in Las Vegas on June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher)

And so, last week, based on a 20-year-old scandal no one cared about for 20 years, the Post’s Hitler Youth teamed up with the far-left New York Times (the Times is obviously invested in seeing the Post continue to collapse) to make a 20-year-old scandal no one cared about for 20 years relevant again. And it worked. Winnett wisely chose to stay at the Telegraph.

But now it’s time to use this same 20-year-old scandal no one cared about for 20 years (not even ten years ago when Lewis was confirmed as CEO of Dow Jones and Co. and publisher of the Wall Street Journal) to rid of Lewis and his reform agenda. So here comes one of the goodest dogs in all the corporate media to laser the target, the far-left Politico’s Jack Shafer…

Headline: “For Post’s Lewis, Credibility Dies in Silence”

Sub-headline: “Refusing to talk about his past ethical lapses has cost him an editor and might cost him his job.”

Here’s the gist:

Where will the Lewis story’s next stop be? The Washington Post reported in March that the news startup Lewis co-founded, the News Movement, was funded by a venture capital firm led by billionaire Sheikh Sultan bin Jassim Al Thani, a former Qatar official. The firm has also invested in the right-wing NewsMax channel. We can assume reporters are digging. Speculation making the rounds in U.K. journalism circles is that Lewis may yet be drawn further into the phone-hacking case if it can be proved he destroyed evidence. He may even be called to testify. Will Bezos still stand by his man?


All decent and normal people need to stop for just a moment to take in and appreciate this glorious blue-on-blue violence.

Trust me, this is all upside.

Keep the following in mind… The man who ran the New York Times for years, and who now runs CNNLOL, is the disgraced Mark Thompson. The fact that Thompson has been credibly accused of looking the other way at the BBC while BBC star Jimmy Savile reportedly abused a countless number of kids… No one cares. Get a load of this…

In his bid to get Lewis fired, Shafer even holds Thompson up as a shining example of a British news executive acclimating to American norms:

[Lewis] spent four years in the 2010s working for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, plenty of time to acclimate himself to U.S. norms. Plenty of other British news executives, like Mark Thompson now at CNN, Emma Tucker at the Wall Street Journal and John Micklethwait at Bloomberg News, have navigated their way to the states without driving into a ditch.

And let me tell you what those “norms” are, because Shafer sure won’t…

Don’t rock the boat.

Don’t reform.

Don’t do it.


Even if during your watch a human monster destroyed every little kid he came in contact with, that doesn’t matter … as long as you don’t rock the boat or reform.

All the destruction aimed at the Post being couched in “journalism ethics” is an absolute joke after you’ve welcomed a Mark Thompson into your club. But guys like Shafer are willing to make fools of themselves if it means removing the risk that a reformed Post might publish something true and damaging to Joe Biden between now and Election Day.

And that’s what this is all about.

If it wasn’t an election season with Trump on the ballot, no one would care about a 20-year-old scandal no one cared about for 20 years.

Had Lewis announced no changes at the Post until after the election, none of this would be happening.

So, let’s be thankful it is an election season with Trump on the ballot because it is glorious watching the Purity Police tear apart their own in a way that ensures a failing institution like the Washington Post never reforms.

More, please.

John Nolte’s first and last novel, Borrowed Time, is winning five-star raves from everyday readers. You can read an excerpt here and an in-depth review here. Also available in hardcover and on Kindle and Audiobook


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