Weekly Standard in trouble after anti-Trump stance

Friday, December 7, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Bill Kristol tweetThe Weekly Standard is reportedly in trouble.

The conservative opinion publication could be paying the price for opposing President Donald Trump at almost every turn.

Founded in 1995 by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, the publication served as the conscience and mouthpiece of the conservative movement.

Then along came populist Donald Trump.  

The conservative old guard at the Standard opposed him from the start, while the rank and file elected him president and still support him.

Accuracy in Media spokesman Don Irvine says the split is part of the problem at the Standard.

Irvine

"There probably is something to be said for the kind of anti-Trump narrative that takes place on that," he observes. "There are a lot of people who just have now shut those organizations as outlets off."

News leaked this week that Weekly Standard employees were told to expect the doors to shut but by the end of the week, The Washington Post was reporting that magazine owner Clarity Media Group was undecided over the profit-losing magazine's future. A buyer could still come along and save it. 

It's been hard times for print magazines of all political persuasion. Time and Newsweek, both unabashedly tilting left, have been flailing as well.

Irvine agrees the Internet has brought profound changes to journalism and there is now "tough competition" to attract and keep readers.

"There are only so many people who are going to be willing to pay for content," he says. "Most people want it for free or very little money."

So there is a complex mix of problems facing The Weekly Standard, but Irvine says it can't help when you oppose a president who is very popular with his base.

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