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There have been a lot of anguished open letters to new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, but Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has a much simpler message for the Amazon CEO: Don’t mess it up, nerd.

In a statement on the sale, Norton runs down a list of things she’s sure Bezos already knows about running the Post. She’s so certain Bezos already knows, in fact, that she has to remind him:

He surely already understands that it is newspapers that make the First Amendment part of daily life in America, particularly in their role as watchdog for the people of the government. He almost surely appreciates that the Post’s deep stories, investigative journalism and coverage of foreign affairs distinguish it from the new emerging media. You can’t tweet what newspapers do, and if newspapers don’t do it, it won’t be done.

Norton doesn’t go in for nostalgia about the exiting Graham family, either. Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham comes in for some special attention. “He can count on D.C. to not only be thankful, but watchful,” Norton warns.

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