Human Events

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Human Events
Human Events cover.png
Editor-in-chief David Harsanyi
Founder Felix Morley
Frank Hanighen
Henry Regnery
Year founded 1944
First issue 1944
Final issue February 18, 2013 (print)
Company Salem Communications
Language English
Website www.humanevents.com
ISSN 0018-7194
OCLC number 818923121

Human Events is a conservative American political news and analysis website.

On February 27, 2013, Human Events announced that, after sixty-nine years, it will halt publication of the print edition but will continue to maintain on-line websites, HumanEvents.com and RedState.com, with original reporting. Eagle Publishing, which acquired the magazine in 1993, said that it had been subsidizing the publication for several years but could no longer afford to do so: "the realities of the 24-hour news cycle and the brutal economics of a weekly print publication have become insurmountable".[1][1]

Human Events printed 40,000 copies per week and had a staff of fifteen full-time employees. A "restructuring" plan that involved layoffs had already been attempted but was insufficient to allow continuation of the print edition.[1]

Overview[edit]

Human Events takes its name from the first sentence of the United States Declaration of Independence: "When in the course of human events...".[1]

The magazine was published in Washington, D.C., most recently by Eagle Publishing, the owner of Regnery Publishing, a subsidiary of Phillips Publishing. Thomas S. Winter was editor-in-chief and Cathy Taylor was editorial director of the print edition.[2]

Regular writers included Robert Novak, Ann Coulter, Terence P. Jeffrey, Pat Buchanan, and John Gizzi, its chief political editor. Occasional contributors have included Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Paul Craig Roberts.

History[edit]

Human Events was founded in 1944 by Felix Morley, who was from 1933 to 1940 the editor of The Washington Post; Frank Hanighen, and former New Dealer[3] Henry Regnery.[4] In 1951, Frank Chodorov, former director of the Henry George School of Social Science[5] in New York, replaced Morley as editor, merging his newsletter, analysis, into Human Events.[6] By the early 1960s, Allan Ryskind (son of Morrie Ryskind) and Winter had acquired the publication.[7] Contributors to Human Events in the 1960s and 1970s included Spiro Agnew, James L. Buckley, Ralph de Toledano, Russell Kirk, Phyllis Schlafly, Murray Rothbard and Henry Hazlitt.[8] Newsweek noted although Human Events did not have a large readership outside the Washington D.C. area, "the tough little tabloid enjoys an impact out of all proportion to its circulation".[9]

Eagle Publishing placed the magazine up for sale in February 2013, when it announced that it would close the publication if no buyer could be found.[10]

In January 2014, Eagle Publishing was acquired by Salem Communications.[11]

Influence on Ronald Reagan[edit]

Human Events was former U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan's "favorite reading for years," writes biographer Richard Reeves.[12] A loyal subscriber since 1961,[13] Reagan said it “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat,”[14] calling it "must reading for conservatives who want to know what is really going on in Washington, D.C."[15] Reagan contributed some articles to Human Events in the 1970s.[8] During the 1980 presidential campaign, Democrats released a document entitled "Ronald Reagan, Extremist Collaborator—An Exposé," in which, according to biographer Lee Edwards, "[a]mong the proofs of Reagan's extremism was that he read the conservative weekly Human Events."[16] After being elected President, Reagan would occasionally write or call Winter or Ryskind.[17]

"Human Events, however, was no favorite of the new men around Reagan," writes Reeves. "Baker and Darman, and Deaver too, did their best each week to keep it out of the reading material they gave the President."[18] "When he discovered White House aides were blocking its delivery, President Reagan arranged for multiple copies to be sent to the White House residence every weekend," writes Edwards, who adds that Reagan took care "marking and clipping articles and passing them along to his assistants."[19]

Just before his 1982 tax hike, Reagan met with what he called "some of my old friends from Human Events" (he mentioned Ryskind and M. Stanton Evans),[20] who warned him about "disloyal" White House staff (in particular James Baker) who favored making a deal on taxes with the Democratic Congress. (Reagan subsequently made such a deal, in which for each $1 in higher taxes Congress promised $3 in spending cuts; Reagan delivered the tax hike, but Congress reneged, actually increasing spending.)[21]

At the 1986 Reykjavík Summit, Reagan told Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev that he could not give up the Strategic Defense Initiative because "'...the people who were the most outspoken critics of the Soviet Union over the years’—he mentioned his favorite paper, Human Events," according to Reeves, "‘They’re kicking my brains out’."[22]

"Most Harmful Books" list[edit]

In 2005, Human Events published a list of "Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries":[23]

  1. The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  2. Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler
  3. Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, by Mao Zedong
  4. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, by Alfred Kinsey
  5. Democracy and Education, by John Dewey
  6. Das Kapital, by Karl Marx
  7. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
  8. The Course in Positive Philosophy, by Auguste Comte
  9. Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes

Twenty books received honorable mention, including The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Unsafe at any Speed by Ralph Nader and Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.

Conservative of the Year award[edit]

Year Choice Lifetime Position Notes
1998 Ken Starr b. 1946 Independent Counselor
1999 Ronald Reagan b. 1911 d. 2004 President Man of the Century
2000 William Rehnquist
Clarence Thomas
Antonin Scalia
b. 1924 d. 2005
b. 1948
b. 1936
U.S. Supreme Court Justices
2001 George W. Bush b. 1946 President
2002 John Ashcroft b. 1942 Attorney General
2003 Roy Moore b. 1947 Alabama Chief Justice
2004 John O'Neill b. 1946 Swift Boat Veteran
2005 Mike Pence b. 1959 U.S. Representative
2006 Jim Sensenbrenner b. 1943 U.S. Representative
2007 Rush Limbaugh b. 1951 Radio Host
2008 Sarah Palin b. 1964 Alaska Governor
2009 Dick Cheney b. 1941 Vice President
2010 Jim DeMint b. 1951 U.S. Senator
2011 Paul Ryan b. 1970 U.S. Representative
2012 Scott Walker b. 1967 Wisconsin Governor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Valerie Richardson, "Stop the Presses! Human Events to shutter newspaper after 70 years", February 27, 2013". Washington Times. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Human Events: Cathy Taylor
  3. ^ Robert McC. Thomas Jr. (June 23, 1996). "Henry Regnery, 84, Ground-Breaking Conservative Publisher". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Gillian Peele, 'American Conservatism in Historical Perspective', in Crisis of Conservatism? The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, & American Politics After Bush, Gillian Peele, Joel D. Aberbach (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, p.21
  5. ^ The Henry George School of Social Science
  6. ^ Hamowy, Ronald, ed. (2008). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Cato Institute. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024. 
  7. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Advertisment for Human Events". The American Spectator: 29. February 1974. 
  9. ^ Newsweek. September 6, 1971. 
  10. ^ "Conservative magazine Human Events up for sale, could close". Politico.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Salem Communications Buys Eagle Publishing
  12. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 24. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  13. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Lee Edwards (February 5, 2011). "Reagan’s Newspaper". Human Events (Eagle Publishing). Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "HUMAN EVENTS: The Conservative Weekly". Conservative Advertising Network. Eagle Interactive. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Lee (2005). The essential Ronald Reagan: a profile in courage, justice, and wisdom. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 57. ISBN 0-7425-4375-7. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 24. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  19. ^ Lee Edwards (February 5, 2011). "Reagan’s Newspaper". Human Events (Eagle Publishing). Retrieved 5 February 2011.  Cf. Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 25, fn. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  20. ^ Skinner, Kiron K.; Anderson, Annelise; Anderson, Martin (2004). Reagan: A Life in Letters. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 595. ISBN 0-7432-7642-6. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  21. ^ Hayward, Steven F. (2009). The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989. New York: Random House, Inc. pp. 210–212. ISBN 1-4000-5357-9. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  22. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 351–352. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  23. ^ "Most Harmful Books"

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