The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced Friday morning. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17.
One by one they have all fallen in the path of the oncoming Trump Train. Donald Trump beat out 16 seasoned Republican candidates, defied the Hillary Clinton machine, and mocked the entire fake news media that had assembled against him to take him down. Bill Kristol, editor of the Conservative Weekly Standard magazine, was one of those Republicans who decided to assist the Liberals in taking down Trump. His plan, only two years old, has not aged well at all.
A Washington staple for almost a quarter century, the Weekly Standard magazine featuring the opinions of thought leader Bill Kristol, seemed rock solid. Kristol a frequent guest on the political talk shows and very well respected. Then in 2016, Kristol decided that Donald Trump didn’t deserve to be the president of the United States, and made it his mission to stop him. But in the end, it was Bill Kristol who got stopped.
Kristol was a darling of the fake news Liberal-bias talk shows like ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Morning Joe and all the others. They loved have on a Republican of his stature who was happy to bash Trump and make endless predictions about his coming demise. But all of Kristol’s predictions, all of them, ended in brilliant failure, and now his magazine has as well.
The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years
FROM FAKE NEWS CNN: The announcement came after the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Hayes, met privately with Ryan McKibben, the chief executive and chairman of Clarity Media Group, a media holding company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz.
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“For more than twenty years The Weekly Standard has provided a valued and important perspective on political, literary and cultural issues of the day,” McKibben said in a press release. “The magazine has been home to some of the industry’s most dedicated and talented staff and I thank them for their hard work and contributions, not just to the publication, but the field of journalism.”
As for Trump, Bill Kristol seemed almost in denial over his rise. Between July 2015 and late January 2016, Kristol declared at least 11 times by a New York magazine count, that Trump had peaked. “You’ve been wrong, the Republican establishment has been wrong!” an exasperated MSNBC host Joe Scarborough barked at him in October after one such prediction. But Kristol was unmoved. “Sticking with my prediction,” he tweeted less than two months later. “Trump will win no caucuses or primaries, and will run behind Ron Paul 2012 in IA and NH.” Two months after that, Trump won the New Hampshire primary and began his steamroll over his 16 GOP rivals. source
Employees were told at an all staff meeting, which CNN obtained an audio recording of, that they would be paid through the end of the year, and that afterward they would receive severance which would range in scale depending on factors like seniority. To receive severance, however, employees would need to sign a strict non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement.
“I know it’s an emotional day, but I want to tell you don’t get on social media and attack anybody because it will put your severance in jeopardy,” McKibben told employees in the meeting.
Employees were also told to clear out their desks by the end of the day. People familiar with the matter said that the email addresses of employees were already in the process of being shut off.
When employees raised questions during Friday’s meeting, McKibben told them, “I’m not going to take questions. This isn’t a press conference.”
The closing of the magazine represents a broader shift in conservative media. Outlets on the right that are critical of Trump have lost influence or changed their tone, while media organizations on the right supportive of the President have flourished. READ MORE
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