CJR blasts The Oklahoman's 'puff treatment' of Anschutz

CJR.org | The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman's Randy Ellis writes in his profile of Philip Anschutz: "Most Oklahomans probably know little about the soon-to-be new owner of OPUBCO, which includes The Oklahoman." The reporter goes on to list the Denver billionaire's holdings, his desire for privacy, and his appreciation of "family values." But CJR's Ryan Chittum points that "the paper leaves out critical context about his financing of conservative organizations" and wonders if reporter Ellis's mention of Anschutz's family values Is code for “finances anti-gay issues” and misinformation about evolution. (I've emailed Ellis for comment.) "Most ridiculous of all," says Chittum, is that "The Oklahoman disabled comments on every story it has published so far about Anschutz. Weak."

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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