Last week, rumors were circulating about the fate of The Weekly Standard after readership and circulation had taken a huge drop.
Today, it was announced that the Weekly Standard publication will be shuttering their doors.
Despite a rebranding effort, the anti-Trump publication couldn’t survive with its constant, nagging attacks on President Trump, who a majority of conservatives are relying on to dig us out of the mess that several of his predecessors got us into, most notably, the former community organizer and president, Barack Obama, who cut secret deals with Iran, the world’s leader sponsor of terror and promised to fundamentally change America, which included his special brand of divisive politics.
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 the Daily Caller that Anschutz was growing frustrated with the direction of the magazine. –Daily Caller
John Podhoretz, a columnist at the New York Post tweeted about the owners of the Weekly Standard, saying they could have sold the publication, but instead, allowed it to implode.
Jim Hanson replied to Podhoretz, reminding him of who he believed was a key figure in their demise, claiming that his “boy” Bill Kristol, “did everything he could to make it unpalatable to anyone w/o a serious case of #Trump hatred”. Hanson continued, “I feel bad for the good people who got screwed, but not the leadership.”
I think you can make it at least a murder/suicide
Your boy Bill Kristol did everything he could to make it unpalatable to anyone w/o a serious case of #Trump hatred
I feel bad for the good people who got screwed, but not the leadership https://t.co/o0pfaLjEF0
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) December 14, 2018
Bill Krystol tweeted about the closing of the Washington Examiner:
All good things come to an end. And so, after 23 years, does The Weekly Standard. I want to express my gratitude to our readers and my admiration for my colleagues. We worked hard to put out a quality magazine, and we had a good time doing so. And we have much more to do. Onward!
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 14, 2018
His tweet was immediately met with hundreds of responses from people criticizing the anti-Trumper, and making it clear to him that he was responsible for his own fate.
Responses like this one by Michael Moates: “You did this to yourself”, were pretty common.
A former employee of The Washington Examiner, which is a member of the same parent company as The Weekly Standard, told The Daily Caller that 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?