City Desk

Examiner, Disowned?

Over the years, we've had as much fun as any other readers when it comes to tweaking the Washington Examiner. But, really, in hyping non-existent Big Brother schemes or publishing comically slanted screeds against bike lanes that just happened to inconvenience parking spaces near the paper's office, our local right-wing tabloid was only doing its job—ie, being a local right-wing tabloid.

That identity, though, may not sit so well with certain members of the Examiner's extended corporate family. This week's New Yorker features a lengthy profile of the paper's owner, Philip Anschutz. The story focuses mainly on Anschutz's entertainment-industry exploits, notably his innovations in building stadiums, and the ways his Southern California entertainment complex has become a lightning rod in local Los Angeles politics.

The media-averse Anschutz doesn't comment in the story, but Anschutz Entertainment Group C.E.O. Tim Leiweke does. And, in one passage, he talks about the difficulties of representing a conservative mogul before an overwhelmingly liberal city government:

Although the Anschutz newspapers belong to a division, Clarity Media Group, that is affiliated with A.E.G., Leiweke insisted that Clarity is not under his aegis. "I don't need any more loss leaders. The Examiner in D.C.—not good."

The good news: We doubt he was referring to Harry Jaffe's controversial criticism of Harry Thomas, Jr.

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  • Wrack

    Sounds to me like all he's complaining about is the economic difficulty of operating a free paper. I like the WCP, but Mike, don't get hit in the face when the Examiner throws in the towel!

  • rick

    In having as much fun as anyone else while tweaking the WE, one hopes the WCP acknowledges being a left-wing tabloid subject to a few tweaks itself over the years. Life would not be much fun without just a tiny bit of self awareness.

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