Is Phil Anschutz more conservative than Rupert Murdoch?
When the Rocky Mountain News was put up for sale last December, speculation immediately turned to potential buyers -- and the first name on everyone's lips was Phil Anschutz. After all, the publicity shy gazillionaire is Denver-based and had already demonstrated an interest in newspapering via his investment in assorted physical and virtual Examiner products keyed to markets across the country. Moreover, his fundamental conservatism, exemplified by his Walden Media filmmaking wing (which produced the two Chronicles of Narnia flicks and a slew of other even blander offerings), seemed to jibe with the Rocky's right-leaning editorial views.
Then again, maybe those views didn't lean quite far enough. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Anschutz is near a deal to purchase The Weekly Standard, a Bill Kristol-founded volume of ultra-right loonbaggery that Rupert Murdoch, its current owner, may now regard as too conservative by his standards -- and Murdoch isn't exactly known as a flaming liberal (or even lukewarm one). A lot of us miss the Rocky -- but had the tabloid become Weekly Standard-ized, we might have wound up preferring the alternative.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.
- Aurora Public Schools Report: Failing Grades in Grad Rates, Test Scores
Sat., Oct. 10, 5:00pm
Sat., Oct. 10, 7:00pm
Sat., Oct. 10, 7:05pm
Sun., Oct. 11, 12:00pm
- Video: Was Jimmy Fallon Mean to 8-Year-Old Littleton Inventor Andrew Burton?
- Affidavit: Sean Boylan Attacked Man Near Gay Bar, Called Him a "F*cking F*g"