Journalists responded with shock, awe and a predictable amount of snark to the news that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos had bought The Washington Post.

The news was announced Monday afternoon. Bezos himself, rather than his company, bought the Washington newspaper for roughly $250 million.

The sale includes just the Post and not other publications owned by The Washington Post Company. Esquire’s Chris Jones joked about Bezos’s decision not to buy the contrarian Slate.com, which The Washington Post Company owned for the last few years.

Jeff Bezos did not want Slate, just to be a contrarian.

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