Afternoon Reading List 09.25.13

Obama administration’s revolving door for the media: Yesterday, TWT’s Jennifer Harper wrote a story on the administration’s frequent hiring of members of the media, which has become a growing concern for conservative critics. The ratio of reporters working for a democrat administration versus the reporters that were in a republican administration is estimated to be around 5 to 1. 

Why you should read it: If you decide to get out of the media and start working for the government rather than reporting on the government, there’s a better chance of you getting hired if there’s a democrat in office.

New WaPo owner speaks: HuffPost reports on Jeff Bezos’ appearance on CNN’s New Day earlier today, stating that he’s optimistic about the future. He plans on making the focus at WaPo the same as the focus on his other company,, which would be on the customer, and also hopes to “experiment” with the paper, giving it a “financial runway” for endeavors.

Why you should read it: Bezos has a tough road ahead if he wants to make WaPo profitable again. Check out the story for video of his first televised interview since he purchased the publication.

More on congress’ social media master after the jump…

California congressman rocks at social media: Congressman Mark Takano is hilarious on the internet. MotherJones reporter Asawin Suebsaeng writes of Takano’s antics in a story posted today, and in it are some of the funniest memes, GIFs, and satirical commentaries about politics currently on the internet. Takano and his three member social media team have been knocking it out of the park with their online creations, and its obvious why.

Why you should read it: Its good for a laugh, and worth spreading around if you’re a follower of Takano’s politics. If not, and assuming you have a good sense of humor about politics, its still good for a laugh.