Power to the theme parks!
Blackstone Says The New York Times Inaccurate And Misleading
Well, interesting to the extent in which "nuh-uh!" and ignoring many of the Times' criticisms forms a valid rebuttal. If they didn't happen to own every single theme park that I visit on a regular basis, I too would probably be joining the hate-parade. When you've got a monopoly on an industry - as Blackstone do in the UK theme park industry (and the cookie industry, incidentally) - I don't think this issue of good name really comes into it in a big way.
First of all, the writer has definitely tried to stack the argument and oversimplified how it works to make the company look bad. For starters, he's comparing a tax bill for Blackstone going public with a tax benefit of these write offs when the two have nothing to do with each other. Second, he ignores the fact that goodwill is typically written off over a very long time, decades in fact. Blackstone will almost certainly sell these parks within several years so they will end up with only a small portion of the tax write-offs discussed.
Without studying the deal in detail, I can't analyze it much more but this really doesn't look like anything that isn't done by every company when they buy another. The tax rules have been set up this way since before I got into accounting 25 years ago so if this is offensive then it's a little late for either Congress or the blogger to act like it's a surprise.