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GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO filed this Form S-8 on 06/24/1994
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                                                                       Exhibit 5

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                            Cravath, Swaine & Moore

                                        June 16, 1994

                          The Washington Post Company
                     500,000 Shares of Class B Common Stock

Dear Sirs:

               We have acted as counsel for The Washington Post Company, a
Delaware corporation (the "Company"), in connection with the Registration
Statement on form S-8 (the "Registration Statement") being filed by the Company
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") under the
Securities Act of 1933, and amended (the "Securities Act") with respect to
500,000 additional shares of Class B Common Stock, par value $1.00 per share,
of the Company (the "Shares") reserved for issuance to officers and key
employees of the Company under the Company's Stock Option Plan, as amended (the
"Stock Option Plan").

               In connection with the foregoing, we have examined originals, or
copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such
documents, corporate records and other instruments as we have deemed necessary
or appropriate for the purpose of this opinion.  In this examination, we have
assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents
submitted to us as original documents and conformity to original documents of
all documents submitted to us as certified
 or photostatic copies.

               Based upon the foregoing, we are of opinion that the Shares are
validly authorized and, when issued under the Company's Stock Option Plan in
accordance with the terms thereof, will be legally issued, fully paid and

               We are admitted to practice only in the State of New York and
express no opinion as to matters governed by any laws other than the laws of
the State of New York, the Federal laws of the United States of America and the
General Corporation law of the State of Delaware.