Examiner I Think I Love You

swampthing.jpgDay 2 of the Examiner and we have a new favorite newspaper in D.C. As John Kerry might say, “Who among us could not love a newspaper whose front page graphic features a giant green leaf-covered monster tightly embracing a damsel in distress?” The graphic, right next to a picture of Steve Jobs (don’t worry, we get them confused too), actually touts the Examiner’s “Pulp Fiction’ comic book section; it’s unclear whether this is a regular feature or not, but we applaud today’s effort because one of our biggest complaints about the Post is its poor coverage of pulp fiction comic books.

Both the Washington Times and the Washington Post covered yesterday’s launch of the tabloid funded by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz. While the WashTimes goes for the catchy, playful headline, “Free tabloid paper publishes 6 days a week in area,” the Post thinks it has broken a story as big as, perhaps, GannonGate:

The first edition [of the Examiner] also features an interview with Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion that originally appeared in the San Francisco Examiner and a review of a CD of music from the movie “Ray,” co-produced by Bristol Bay Productions. The Dion interview, which is about her show “A New Day” at Caesars Palace, does not mention that “A New Day” was produced by the concerts division of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is owned by Anschutz. Nor does the CD review mention that Bristol Bay is also owned by Anschutz.

Woah! Corruption, in-breeding, and cross-promotion in the music industry? Who’d have thunk it? Wait! Isn’t that the same industry that invented payola and pay-to-play?

One last Examiner note: we received this tip from a reader today:

In our neighborhood, we coincidentally mysteriously stopped receiving the Post the same day the Examiner launched. From what I can tell, it is the same for my neighbors. Very strange. Did they pay off our Washington Post delivery guy?

Have there been similar experiences around the area? Is there a city-wide war for newspaper deliverers and hawkers? Is Washington’s newspaper war about to turn bloody? Stay tuned….