According to the Daily Caller, the Weekly Standard is not expected to survive going into 2019 and is preparing to shut down permanently, according to a current staff member and former member of the magazine’s parent company who spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Rumors were circulating throughout the media class Tuesday about the fate of The Weekly Standard in the wake of the magazine’s dwindling readership and circulation, despite a rebranding effort as the preeminent right-leaning periodical for conservatives opposed to President Donald Trump.

“I don’t expect it to exist after December 14, 2018,” one editor at the magazine told TheDCNF. “There is no budget for it AT ALL.”

News broke Tuesday afternoon from CNN that the magazine’s editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes addressed staff about the magazine’s troubles, but did not go into detail about what the future might hold.

The Weekly Standard was founded in 1995 by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes. Originally owned by NewsCorp, the magazine was eventually sold in 2009 to billionaire Philip Anschutz. Individuals close to the magazine told TheDCNF that Anschutz was growing frustrated with the direction of the magazine.

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A former employee of The Washington Examiner, which is a member of the same parent company as The Weekly Standard, told TheDCNF the office had been hearing murmurings Monday about the magazine’s fate. That employee told TheDCNF there had been talk that some of The Weekly Standard would be folded into The Washington Examiner.

Will the addition of the “never-Trumpers” cause the Washington Examiner to be next on the chopping block, or will the Weekly Standard’s Editor-In-Chief Stephen Hayes, and their frustrated editor, Bill Kristol, seek employment at a publication more suited for their Trump bashing style, like the Washington Post, The New York Times, or perhaps Buzzfeed or Slate magazine?

Bill Kristol became a liability for Fox News when the embarrassing never-Trumper made it clear from the outset that he was incapable of holding an objective discussion on candidate Trump. Viewers of Fox News, where the RINO (Republican In Name Only) Kristol was a regular contributor,  got tired of listening to the RINO commentator drone on about his animus towards Trump. Kristol didn’t just get canned from Fox News and walk away gracefully; he took every opportunity to trash the top-rated network and even their top-rated host.

During an interview with CNBC, Weekly Standard’s editor, Bill Kristol told CNBC that the re-election of President Barack Obama drove Fox News and its viewers around the bend, although he’s unsure whether the network led the way or followed its audience.

Kristol, in his efforts to trash Fox News after he was fired from the top-rated network, accused Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who once worked for the unhinged Kristol at the Weekly Standard, of being a racist, then quickly backtracked, in an attempt to cover his tracks.

“He had always a little touch of Pat Buchananism, I would say, paleoconservatism, but that’s very different from what he’s become now,” he said. “I mean, it is close now to racism, white — I mean, I don’t know if it’s racism exactly — but ethnonationalism of some kind, let’s call it. A combination of dumbing down, as you said earlier, and stirring people’s emotions in a very unhealthy way.”

The Weekly Standard’s Editor-In-Chief, Stephen Hayes, has been so caught up in his arrogance, and bubble of hate for our President, that he probably doesn’t even recognize why his readers abandoned him. In one of his most recent rants about Trump, the unhinged editor-in-chief of the Weekly Standard wrote a piece about President Trump and phony Russian collusion scandal, that could have just as easily been written by Joy Behar of “The View.”

While there is much that remains unclear about Donald Trump and Russia, what we do know is deeply troubling. Trump lied repeatedly about his dealings with a hostile adversary while that hostile adversary worked to get him elected president. Trump has for years gone out of his way to excuse Vladimir Putin’s misdeeds. On more than one occasion, Trump has publicly sided with the anti-American authoritarian over the U.S. intelligence community.

Why has Trump behaved this way? We don’t know. He lies all the time, about matters large and small. And then, when he’s caught, he simply pretends that he hadn’t lied in the first place. The behavior is pathological but the lies are not dispositive.

Hayes makes clear that “much remains unclear about Donald Trump and Russia” and continues by offering his opinion about how what we do know is “deeply troubling”. He goes on to paint a picture of President Trump as a “pathological” liar, without offering any hard evidence of his claim. Hayes whines about Trump’s attempt to form a positive relationship with Putin, simply because Stephen Hayes doesn’t understand how a master of negotiation negotiates. In fact, for all of his “wisdom,” Hayes understands very little about Donald Trump, and the sacrifices he’s made to take our country back from the anti-American Democrat Party and RINO’s like Hayes. He would rather roll over and allow the Communist Left hijack our country than to fight back—which is precisely why the Weekly Standard is getting ready to shutter their doors for good.
Americans elected a fighter. We knew we weren’t getting a traditional president when we elected Donald J. Trump, but the majority of us had enough, after eight long years of watching our country being divided down racial and ethnic lines, while every effort by President Obama was being made to take America down a few notches. The bottom line is, the majority of conservatives simply don’t have any use for publications like the Weekly Standard whose only purpose is to disparage President Trump and his “America first” agenda, that includes giving every American the ability to live the American dream.
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