Weekly Standard Sold To Another Right-Wing Billionaire Who Doesn’t Need To Worry About Profitability

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Bill Kristol’s lifestyle/war pamphlet The Weekly Standard has found a new home! It is much like the old one, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which presumably got tired of losing insane amounts of money each year. (Also, Murdoch didn’t want to get shot by Maryland Nazis.)

It has been sold to Clarity Media Group, the outlet of wingnut tycoon Philip Anschutz (NW: $8 billion). Anchutz also owns the Washington Examiner, which is kind of like a free tabloid version of the Washington Times and is distributed at Metro stops in the morning, where commuters ignore it and grab Express instead. Nothing much is expected to change on the editorial side of the Standard, because why meddle with perfection?

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45 comments

  1. Humpback

    So, does this mean the Weakly Standard will now be handed out by homeless persons paid in sandwiches?

  2. thefrontpage

    But what about The Weekly Standard cutting its comics pages from three pages to two, and cancelling Book World, and having its horse racing, cars, running, outdoors, lobbying and local news columnists all take buyouts, leaving its pages severaly lacking in news?

  3. Speed Ball

    Shooter targets Holocaust Museum. Also had Weekly Standard on list. Weekly Standard sold to Philip Anschutz…. Anschwitz… AUSCHWITZ? COINCIDENCE MMMMM?

  4. Lord Growing

    If he cares for it as well as he’s cared for the Los Angeles Kings and the Narnia franchise, then happy days are here again. You’re going down, Iran.

  5. shortsshortsshorts

    The Examiner has the worst fucking opinion section on the planet. Byron York should joke on a dick.

    JUST MY TWO CENTS.

  6. Extemporanus

    The Weekly Standard is now owned by Clarity Media Group, huh? Talk about yer oxy-morans…

  7. memzilla

    Didn’t Anschutz also put the $$$ into the Swift Boating campaign against Kerry in 2004?

  8. SayItWithWookies

    Kristol must be thrilled to have found another rich patron for his free-market advocacy.

  9. WhatTheHeck

    What? Soldier of Fortune couldn’t ante up enough cash for The Weekly Sub-Standard?
    Who reads that crap anyway? Besides Wonkette, that is.

  10. hobospacejunkie

    But…but Phil Anschutz saved soccer in US America! Ignore his politics & praise him because where the fuck would we be without the world class Major League Soccer? Yawn.

  11. Mr Blifil

    Bill Kristol working for a company named Clarity is like Tera Patrick working for a company called Virginity.

  12. Hooray For Anything

    Anschutz bought the SF Examiner and started the whole Examiner thing here. When he bought it, he wouldn’t turn it into a right-wing rag and make it more conscious of the city in which it represents. Two or three years later, the Examiner is running a big headline touting the hiring of the Newtster as a new columnist. I don’t think I ever enjoyed watching my cat shit on something in years.

  13. mrsixinch

    [re=341451]Mr Blifil[/re]: Can his writing really be considered “work”?
    [re=341454]GDuvall[/re]: that might be a more accurate description of his livelihood.

  14. drewonline

    You know, I hate to be “picky” but Riley isn’t listed as the intern under “Wonkette Team.” Juli is. Is it because he is a male? Is this sexism on the part of Wonkette? Is it because Riley went to Gay Pride? Is Riley gay and are you are against the Gays? The public demands to know. Poor Riley…he doesn’t get any credit.

  15. Joshua Norton

    They can’t even give the SF Examiner tabloid away. At every Muni Metro entrance there’s 2 or 3 people asking people to take one. One day a windstorm blew a big stack of them down the street. I think it doubled their circulation.

  16. theo

    [re=341432]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: The great thing about Byron York is his columnist picture. It’s so succinct, you never have to read his column.

  17. shortsshortsshorts

    [re=341484]Joshua Norton[/re]: I read it on the ferry when I feel like torturing myself.

  18. Joshua Norton

    [re=341484]Joshua Norton[/re]: Oooops. I probably shouldn’t have closed my bold statement with a /i tag.

  19. Lazy Media

    [re=341451]Mr Blifil[/re]: You coulda gone with a real company, you know. There’s one called Virgin, right there.

  20. Lazy Media

    Too true about the Examiner. When I was living in DC last year, I would walk past the Examiner guy to get the Express. And since I was in my Navy uniform, it really seemed to sting.

  21. Extemporanus

    [re=341492]Joshua Norton[/re]: I just thought you intended your comment to emulate the style, depth, and veracity of a typical Examiner story.

  22. Birdcrash

    If old man Murdoch is divesting himself of his Earthly play things, does that mean he’s about to begin his eternal vacation in hell?

  23. Youstonedorjuststupid?

    Man I hope they boil Kristol before using him, nothing as sketchy as a second hand dildo.

  24. cal

    Anschuz funded “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Now the Weekly Standard will feature more elves and dwarves!

  25. WhatTheHeck

    [re=341524]Birdcrash[/re]: Don’t hold your breath. People like that have a way of outliving their shelf-life date.
    His money and power allowed the neo-cons in the U.S., Canada, Israel, U.K. to all come to the forefront in recent history.

  26. Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof.

    Oh, Faireyized Kristol with the Human Dildo caption, will you never cease to make me laugh?

  27. factnorfiction

    In related news, the one day I decided to be “nice” and ACCEPT the Washington Examiner at the metro station (which I would then throw away several yards later), the 56-year old paper pusher pulled out a piece of paper out of his vest– special supplement, perhaps??– and handed it to me. It contained his FOUR phone numbers, his MySpace page AND his Black Planet profile. Washington Examiner is King of customer retention.

  28. penalcolony

    FWIW, Murdoch’s ditching of the WS may have had very little to do with money, of which it doesn’t lose that much by his standards.

    According to Richard Morgan of thedeal.com, an investment banker who claims to be in the know says Murdoch’s entire family is embarrassed by the Standard and would kill it if they could.

    So . . . since Murdoch is 78 and might actually DIE someday, he chose to pass WS on — “sell” might be misleading, and you’ll notice no sale price appears in the Examiner story — to Anschutz, who is about ten years younger and can presumably keep breath in baby’s body a bit longer than the old Aussie.

  29. llyn

    [re=341596]penalcolony[/re]: I wouldn’t count on Murdoch dying anytime soon. His mother is still going strong at Way Past Ninety.

  30. llyn

    Just checked on Wikipedia. Murdoch’s mother celebrated her !00th b’day in February 2009.

  31. J

    “an investment banker who claims to be in the know says Murdoch’s entire family is embarrassed by the Standard and would kill it if they could.”

    Er, ok, so when do they sell Fox News? I can’t imagine the Murdochs really wanting to pal around with Bill O’ or Glen Beck.

    He will probably keep the NY Post just so Page 6 doesn’t go after him, but seriously, what part of his empire, except for The Simpsons and Family Guy, is not embarrassing?

  32. nader paul kucinich gravel

    neocon propaganda
    extort blackmail bribe

    liars or truthers
    seven nation army
    cover-up 911 w/anthrax
    israel-first dual-national aipac
    non-federal reserve w/no reserves

  33. widget09

    Who else to sell wingnut propaganda….weeeeeellll…why not Louis Anshutz? Is it any coincidence that his name reminds my of that German amusment park back in the 40′s?

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