As the hardworking staff recently noted, The Weekly Standard has taken to pimping out its editorial content and its writers to Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the major concessionaire at U.S. National Parks.
It’s bad enough the Standard has estimable writers such as Joseph Bottum and Geoffrey Norman flacking for the national parks Xanterra profits from. But then we received this comment from splendid reader Donald Frazier:
You have certainly noted that Xanterra is owned by Philip Anschutz, who shows consistency in this practice by refusing all interviews. Except of course those which puff his development projects.
Actually, much to our chagrin, we hadn’t.
But we do note this: Philip Anschutz also owns The Weekly Standard.
Which makes all that aditorial content even more deplorable.
At this point, the headscratching staff feels constrained to contact Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and ask: WTF?
As always, we’ll keep you posted.
…. and pimping is exactly the right word for it. This is precisely what Philip Anschutz is trying to do to 190 acres of publicly-held land adjacent to his Seven Falls Attraction in Colorado Springs. He is being fought tooth and nail by the rightful owners (the citizens of Colorado Spring) of the 190 acres known as Strawberry Fields. To read the whole story go to http://www.change.org and input “Broadmoor” into the search box. The explanation of current events you will find there is thorough and fair.
Thanks, Donna. Here’s my letter to Bill Kristol: http://goo.gl/Kec2Im