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

by Jim Newell

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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keepinitrealyo June 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hey that’s good news, in the opposite of news kind of way.

Humpback June 17, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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

thefrontpage June 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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?

Bruno June 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

But what about K-Lo? Is her recent demotion at the CORNER some kind of message?

Speed Ball June 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm

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

Lord Growing June 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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.

shortsshortsshorts June 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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


Extemporanus June 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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

memzilla June 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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

SayItWithWookies June 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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

Jukesgrrl June 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

And as a bonus with his purchase of this newspaper, Phil gets a free douchebag!

WhatTheHeck June 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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

hobospacejunkie June 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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.

Mr Blifil June 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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

magic titty June 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

[re=341418]Bruno[/re]: I’m sure she’ll honcho something for them, if asked.

GDuvall June 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Even in a recession, the wingnut welfare rolls remain intact.

Hooray For Anything June 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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.

mrsixinch June 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

[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.

drewonline June 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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.

Joshua Norton June 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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.

theo June 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

[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.

shortsshortsshorts June 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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

Joshua Norton June 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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

Lazy Media June 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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

Lazy Media June 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm

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.

Extemporanus June 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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

Jewdishoowary Square June 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Maryland Nazis… I HATE Maryland Nazis.

Birdcrash June 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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?

Youstonedorjuststupid? June 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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

Joshua Norton June 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

[re=341511]Extemporanus[/re]: That too.

FlownOver June 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Around here we call him Loads Anschutz, ’cause it works on so many levels.

cal June 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

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

WhatTheHeck June 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

[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.

Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof. June 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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

factnorfiction June 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm

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.

penalcolony June 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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, 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.

bluetom00 June 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Phillip Anschluss?? They’re not even trying anymore.

llyn June 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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

llyn June 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

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

Rev. Peter Lemonjello June 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm

You should really share the love and Obamicon Michael Goldfarb.

S.Luggo June 18, 2009 at 1:16 am

Lighten up. Money-man Anschutz was there at the defense of the Alamo.

S.Luggo June 18, 2009 at 1:33 am

[re=341715]S.Luggo[/re]: or Berchtesgaden.

J June 18, 2009 at 3:32 am

“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?

nader paul kucinich gravel June 18, 2009 at 3:35 am

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

widget09 June 18, 2009 at 11:24 am

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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