The Washington Examiner is an American political journalism website and weekly magazine based in Washington, D.C. that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally. It is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz.
From 2005 to mid-2013, the Examiner published a daily tabloid-sized newspaper, distributed throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. At the time, the newspaper mostly focused on local news and political commentary. The local newspaper ceased publication on June 14, 2013, and its content began to focus exclusively on national politics, switching its print edition from a daily newspaper to a weekly magazine format.
Front cover of Washington Examiner magazine for May 26, 2014
|Type||Website, weekly magazine|
|Owner(s)||Clarity Media Group|
|President||Stephen R. Sparks|
|Managing editors||Philip Klein|
|News editor||Pete Kasperowicz|
|Opinion editor||Tim Carney|
|Founded||2005 (newspaper) (as Montgomery Journal, Prince George's Journal, and Northern Virginia Journal)|
|Ceased publication||2013 (newspaper)|
|Headquarters||1152 15th St. NW|
Washington, D.C. 20005
|Circulation||45,000 (weekly magazine)|
The publication now known as The Washington Examiner began its life as a handful of suburban news outlets known as the Journal Newspapers, distributed only in the suburbs of Washington, under the titles of Montgomery Journal, Prince George's Journal, and Northern Virginia Journal. Philip Anschutz purchased the parent company, Journal Newspapers Inc., in October 2004. On February 1 of the following year, the paper's name changed to The Washington Examiner, and it adopted a logo and format similar to that of another newspaper then owned by Anschutz, The San Francisco Examiner.
Over time, the paper became influential in conservative political circles, hiring much of the talent from The Washington Times and replacing the Times as the primary conservative paper in the capital city. The website DCist wrote in March 2013 that "Despite the right-wing tilt of its editorial pages and sensationalist front-page headlines, it also built a reputation as one of the best local sections in D.C." The newspaper's local coverage also gained fame, including a write-up by The New York Times, for contributing to the arrest of more than 50 fugitives through a weekly feature that spotlighted a different individual wanted by the authorities.
It was announced in March 2013 that the paper would stop its daily print edition in June and refocus on national politics, converting its print edition to a weekly magazine and continuing to publish its website. The new format has been compared to The Hill. The Examiner's editor is Hugo Gurdon, and its managing editor is Philip Klein. In December 2018, Clarity Media announced that the magazine would relaunch as a publicly available, expanded print magazine.
The target market for the weekly magazine is the "45,000 government, public affairs, advocacy, academia and political professionals in Washington, DC, and state capitals." According to its publisher, The Examiner's readership is more likely to sign a petition, contact a politician, attend a political rally, or participate in a government advocacy group than the readerships of other political publications including The Weekly Standard, Roll Call, Politico, and The Hill. According to its publisher The Examiner has a high-earning and highly educated audience, with 26% holding a master's or postgraduate degree and a large percentage earning over $500,000 annually, likely to be working in executive or senior management positions.
The Examiner has been described as and is widely regarded as conservative. When Anschutz first started the Examiner in its daily newspaper format, he envisioned creating a competitor to The Washington Post with a conservative editorial line. According to Politico, "When it came to the editorial page, Anschutz's instructions were explicit—he 'wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers,' said one former employee." The Examiner's writers have included Michael Barone, Tim Cavanaugh, David Freddoso, Tara Palmeri, Rudy Takala, and Byron York.
The Examiner endorsed John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary for mayor in 2010. On December 14, 2011, the newspaper endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, publishing an editorial saying he was the only Republican who could beat Barack Obama in the general election.
In December 2018, the Washington Examiner published a story with the headline, "MAGA list: 205 ‘historic results’ help Trump make case for 2020 re-election". The story listed numerous alleged accomplishments of the Trump administration with no fact checks. The list was given to the Examiner directly from the White House for publishing, and there was no reporting rebutting anything. Shortly afterward, President Trump tweeted the story twice.
In January 2019, the Washington Examiner published a story with the headline, "Border rancher: 'We've found prayer rugs out here. It's unreal'." Shortly after, President Trump cited the story as justification for a border wall amid the 2018-2019 federal government shutdown. The story in question cited one anonymous rancher who offered no evidence of these Muslim prayer rugs, such as photos. The story provided no elaboration on how the rancher knew the rugs in question were Muslim prayer rugs. The author of the story formerly worked as press secretary for the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform. Stories of Muslim prayer rugs at the border are urban myths that have frequently popped up since at least 2005, but with no evidence to substantiate the claims. The Examiner never released a clarification or retracted the story.
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