If you want to find out more about the reclusive billionaire who owns the Examiner, check out this article in The Politico, a D.C. Web site founded by former Washington Post reporters. The news peg was billionaire Phil Anschutz’s purchase of the conservative The Weekly Standard, edited by Bill Kristol. Anschutz’s San Francisco Examiner is only mentioned once, but it says of the Examiner’s Washington counterpart:
- The paper, no longer delivered every day to the affluent neighborhoods it originally targeted, has had a succession of editors and personality transplants but recently has morphed into a kind of New York Post, with headlines such as “Sex Scandal Hits D.C. Jail: Guard Probed After Hooker Sues.”
The Washington Examiner’s editor says his paper “plays it straight” when it comes to news, but many of its editors and reporters have conservative views. Still, they say Anschutz stays out of the day-to-day newsroom operations.
The Politico also lists who has received donations from Anschutz:
- Since March 2008, Anschutz has given nearly $59,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and current and former individual members of Congress, such as Orrin Hatch, Ted Stevens, Larry Craig, Elizabeth Dole, Rick Santorum, Alfonse D’Amato and John Ensign. He’s also donated to GOP presidential candidates and primary contenders: That list includes George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Bob Dole and Mitt Romney.
- He has also donated to Christian conservative causes, such as Colorado for Family Values, a group that pushed against gay rights in the 1990s.