Since its launch in 2005, the second daily metro newspaper owned by conservative billionaire Phillip Anschutz (the first was the San Francisco Examiner) has struggled for an identity in a city crawling with political journalists. But since the November 2008 election, the Examiner has beefed up its staff and pulled prominent right-leaning reporters and pundits away from publications like The American Spectator and National Review. Tapscott and a growing staff of political and opinion writers are carving out an identity as the conservative version of the left-leaning opinion and investigative journalism sites that — in the view of many conservatives — have used reporting to embarrass conservatives and the Republican Party.
Philip Anschutz who recently bought out the NowPublic citizen journalists - How much did any content provider at NowPublic.com get? - has a clear policy on media acquisitions if you Google his purchases of, say, Dick Cheney's favorite magazine The Weekly Standard, moving the Examiner to the Christian Republican right and more deeply into Web2 in no small way, and of course there are the fundamentalist Christian ethics/aesthetics involved in public access at Movie cinemas Philip Anschutz owns.
Philip Anschuz contributes large sums of money he makes profiting from ventures like NowPublic.com - How much did any content provider at NowPublic.com get, did you say? - to Republican candidates, all staunchly pro-Bush at that time, and stridently against abortion and the right of same-sex couples to marriage.
Philip Anschutz does not accept Darwinian evolution and promotes programs to teach young minds the alternate theory offered by the fundamentalist Christian right-wing lobby - 'intelligent design.'
What about the intelligent design of future news? Is citizen journalism a chance for believability and openness to return to news? Or with NowPublic in Philip Anschutz avant-garde position in his portfolio will these values be sold as well, like dumping the baby out with the bath water? Citizen journalists ought to negotiate with their collaborating corporate arm at NowPublic to see if this should be approved in the interst of the whole thing at stake - Citizen Journalism's non-partisan believability and public openness. I wonder if this post along with other CJist posts will be up here for long? Hope so. And please add to the Who is Philip Anschutz exploration. This is news, as he has given only 2 interviews since 1974!