As readers and writers at NowPublic know, gazillionaire Philip Anschutz owns NowPublic citizen journalism site. That's news!
But who is he? There are oodles of threads that link this oil and gas tycoon to deep policy and financial involvement with Christian conservatives, the Republican party, Geroge W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and denial through big oil lobbying against the Kyoto Protocol and climate change.
I have found one NowPublic photographer objecting to the use of photos published on NowPublic as showing up on another Philip Anschutz news portal, without consent, and plenty of consternation.
It is true that NowPublic has a rather neo-conservative core. Many liberal activists have been summarily banned from posting to NowPublic, without appeal, especially during the Israeli massacre in Gaza last year. Still, there is always a glimmer of hope that citizen journalism can leverage its new believability. Philip Anschutz has denied reporters access, granting only 2 interviews in 30 years, and remains tight-lipped concerning his latest postmortem rush to get a film out and make a buck on Michael Jackson at the time of his premature passing, or lose his investment in the AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) tour, having to redeem $85 million in fans' concert tickets.
Is Philip Anschutz a paragon for leading the future of citizen journalism and one of its brightest constellations of citizen journalists at NowPublic? Or could this be a moniker that CJ is dead or dieing, and consumers consuming consumers is now big business - $25 million reaped by NowPublic. How much is that for each of us to date per posted word? Perhaps the database admin at NowPublic can do that calculation and post it here as a comment?
Here, Philip Anschutz campaign contribution history. Solid George Bush believer both times around. Anschutz puts his money where his mouth is concerning everything W. and Republican to the hilt, the largest checks by far were for George W. Bush, a second term.
Philip Anschutz and fellow board members of the American Petroleum Industry in Washington are credited by Bush's energy secretary for the Oval Office decision to kill the Kyoto Protocol in 2001. Have you ever We Call It Life to get a sense for the pandering denial to the public that the media arms of the oil lobbies supported by Philip Anschutz promote?
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is granted major funding from the American Petroleum Institute board, with film producing Philip Anschutz as a full board member, to pursue a campaign of confusing and twisted science to spread denial of the real causes for our current climate dilemma.
Philip Anschutz' latest entertainment coup was to recoup his investment lost in the Michael Jackson tour 2009, where the event was to take place under AEG at its London venue. AEG is Anschutz Entertainment Group. A blogger writes:
"Now, AEG Live is partnering with Jackson's estate to release a movie culled from more than 100 hours of footage of Jackson preparing for the concerts. This Is It, which hits theaters October 30, was shot (per a Sony release) "in high definition with state-of-the-art digital sound" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the site of Jackson's July memorial service, an event that helped rehabilitate the singer's reputation and led to an outpouring of good will for him and his family. AEG, not so incidentally, owns the Staples Center. Two AEG Live executives, Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware, are listed as producers on the film as well." Is this it?
As owner of NowPublic, Philip Anschutz and his examiner.com reveals the same-old-shit media diat on their screens that America (Oh, my Canada!) has grown used to like foxes do rabbit on their menus. Here from www.examiner.com - National > Politics 09.23.2009 (around the time the purchase of NowPublic by examiner.com was made public): That examiner.com headline reads: The most left-wing President ever Obama policies undermine democracy security and the rule of law
That's your boss, and perhpas, the pay-off for all citizen journalists who have shared an ideal that could well be but a pipe dream. Is NowPublic cashing in on the 'believability' that citizen journalists were trying to bring back into public media? And what do the citizen journalists at NowPublic use to pay health care and education, heat and transportation, if not a fair per-word payment from the purchase price (an buy back NowPublic.com)!
Philip Anschutz, called by The New York Times 'a conservative billionaire' bought Dick Cheney's favorite magazine, The Weekly Standard, in June 2009: The New York Times writes:
“On foreign policy, The Weekly Standard had a lot of influence with the Bush administration,” said David Frum, the conservative writer and former speechwriter for Mr. Bush. “It was among the most consistent defenders of the broad outlines of Bush policy.
Staff members say Mr. Anschutz, who has visited the magazine’s Washington offices once since buying it, did not meet with the staff as a whole. He instructed the two top editors — William Kristol, who last year was also a columnist for The New York Times, and Fred Barnes — not to alter the publication’s ideological complexion.”
It seems as though this sale is a sign that the 'divide and conquer' military maxim that propelled mass media, keeping readers isolated in front of their news screens and sheets, has given way to a 'unite and conquer' maxim that does the same thing. And in so doing, redefines citizen journalism as just one more channel for certain news in certain forms to get the same old message out. That is NotPublic. Don't we want it Now, Public?