According to numerous reports, the Weekly Standard is discontinuing a 23-year run today.
People at the Weekly Standard have been told to clear out their offices by 5 pm today, in case you were wondering what Clarity Media is like.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 14, 2018
Per source: The Weekly Standard is shutting down. No merger with the Washington Examiner.
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) December 14, 2018
The Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner are owned by the same parent company, Clarity Media. Clarity Media is launching a national weekly magazine that would occupy a lot of the same space as the Weekly Standard. It has been rumored for several months that Weekly Standard was bleeding more cash than it usually did (I have no way of knowing that is the case) and, quite honestly, Bill Kristol’s antics haven’t won the magazine any friends. These factors could make a good case for shuttering the Weekly Standard and using its subscriber list to launch the new venture.
The Weekly Standard has held a particularly polarizing place in conservative media since Trump arrived on the political scene. And recriminations over its closing are already in high gear. The articles in the next two tweets are indispensable in understanding some of what happened, though, right now, we are only hearing one side of the story.
The @jpodhoretz goes hard:
• "The Weekly Standard will be no more. There is no real reason … other than deep pettiness and a personal desire for bureaucratic revenge on the part of a penny-ante Machiavellian who works for its parent company.”https://t.co/yIo8Ip5cWw
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) December 14, 2018
The Weekly Standard shuts down after 23 years https://t.co/QCMmegWpZt
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 14, 2018
Oh man, we’re gonna have Weekly Standard Truthers, aren’t we? pic.twitter.com/8vCZKK5DXF
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) December 14, 2018
I’ve been out of work over Christmas before and it isn’t fun and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.