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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  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. [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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. [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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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?

  14. [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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. “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?

  18. 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

  19. 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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