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Chicken-Fried News: Giddy up

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(Madeline Hancock)
  • Madeline Hancock

Philip Anschutz, owner of The Oklahoman and a Denver-based businessman, was recently named 2015 Citizen of the West at the National Western Stock Show.

Yep, a rodeo crowned him king, and not of bareback riding. (Maybe of slinging some bull, but we jest.) He’s Citizen of the West, y’all!

In 1965, he founded The Anschutz Corp., and his endeavors include sports, lodging, communications and more. His philanthropy work through the Anschutz Foundation (the guy likes the sound of his own name, apparently) helped earn him the award.

What sort of award could OKC give him to encourage him to let The Oklahoman be a bit more generous with its news coverage? Its daily circulation declined more than 42 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to figures from the Alliance for Audited Media.

Bummer.

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