The Weekly Standard

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The Weekly Standard
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Editor William Kristol
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Terry Eastland
Total circulation
(December 2012)
104,682[1]
First issue September 1995 (1995-September)
Company Clarity Media Group
Based in Washington, D.C.
Language English
Website www.weeklystandard.com
ISSN 1083-3013

The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative[2][3][4][5][6] opinion magazine[7] published 48 times per year. Its founding publisher, News Corporation, debuted the title September 18, 1995. Currently edited by founder William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard has been described as a "redoubt of neoconservatism" and as "the neo-con bible".[8][9] Since it was founded in 1995, the Weekly Standard has never been profitable, and has remained in business through subsidies from conservative benefactors such as former owner Rupert Murdoch.[10] Many of the magazine's articles are written by members of conservative think tanks located in Washington, D.C.: the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Hudson Institute. Some individuals who have written for the magazine include Elliott Abrams, Peter Berkowitz, John R. Bolton, Ellen Bork, Christopher Hitchens, Roger Kimball, Harvey Mansfield, Joe Queenan, David Brooks and John Yoo. The magazine's website blog, titled the "Daily Standard", is edited by Daniel Halper and produces daily articles and commentary.

Ownership change[edit]

Although the publication had, as of 2006, never been profitable and reputedly lost "more than a million dollars a year", News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch had previously dismissed the idea of selling it.[11] In June, 2009, a report circulated that a sale of the publication to Philip Anschutz was imminent, with Murdoch's position being that, having purchased The Wall Street Journal in 2007, his interest in the smaller publication had been less forceful.[12][13] The Washington Examiner reports that the Examiner's parent company, the Anschutz-owned Clarity Media Group, has since purchased the Standard.[14][15] Since the sale to the Clarity Media Group, the Standard has increased its paid circulation by 39 percent between its June 2009 and June 2010 BPA statements.[16]

Deepak Chopra case[edit]

In 1997, nearly a year after reporting allegations of hiring a prostitute and plagiarism against Dr. Deepak Chopra, best selling author, the editors of The Weekly Standard accepted full responsibility for "errors" in a cover story. The editors stated: "We apologize to Dr. Chopra and to our readers. We regret any harm that may unjustly have been done to Dr. Chopra's reputation. We trust that this correction and apology will help in repairing any such harm, and will set the record straight." In acknowledging that "the general tone of our article was unfair to Dr. Chopra," the editors concluded: "We believe that Dr. Chopra is sincere and forthright in his teachings, and regret our publication of allegations about Dr. Chopra that we now believe to be erroneous. They added, “We also would no longer state that his company’s herbal remedies have high levels of bug parts and rodent hairs or levels higher than other such organic products.” [17][18] Dr. Chopra claimed the magazine settled for $1.6 million.[19]

Masthead[edit]

Editorial staff[edit]

Contributing editors[edit]

Business staff[edit]

  • Terry Eastland, Publisher
  • Nicholas H.B. Swezey, Advertising Director
  • Catherine Lowe, Marketing Director
  • Richard Trocchia, Fulfillment Manager
  • T. Barry Davis, Senior Advertising Manager
  • Todd A. Miller, Senior Advertising Manager
  • Kathy Schaffhauser, Finance Director
  • Taybor Cook, Office Manager
  • Andrew Kaumeier, Staff Assistant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Weekly Standard Business Publication Circulation Statement". BPA Worldwide. December 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ McConnell, Scott. "The Weekly Standard's War". November 21, 2005. The American Conservative
  3. ^ Smith, Ben. "Weekly Standard may have been shooter target" June 11, 2009. Politico.
  4. ^ Magolick, David. "The Return of the Neocons" January 22, 2010. Newsweek.
  5. ^ Carr, David. "When this weekly speaks, White House listens" March 12, 2003. The New York Times.
  6. ^ Hirsh, Michael (February 4, 2013). "The Winter of the Neocons’ Discontent". National Journal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ten years ago, The Weekly Standard debuted, a conservative journal of opinion [f]rom Washington, D.C., edited by William Kristol". October 24, 2005. National Review: "The Week".
  8. ^ Max Boot. "What the Heck Is a ‘Neocon’?". December 30, 2002, Wall Street Journal: "the Weekly Standard, ... is known as a redoubt of ‘neoconservatism’".
  9. ^ Thoma, Mark. "The Current Debacle in Iraq is ...", (quoting Rachman, Gideon. "The neo-cons’ route to disaster". January 15, 2007. FT.com: "Neo-Con Bible".) January 15, 2007. The Economist.
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/business/media/03standard.html
  11. ^ Cassidy, John. "'Murdoch's Game'". October 16, 2006. The New Yorker.
  12. ^ Carr, David. "Will The Standard Pass From Murdoch to Anschutz?", (citing Flint, Joe. "... talks to unload Weekly Standard to Anschutz". June 9, 2009. Los Angeles Times: "Company Town".) June 10, 2009. The New York Times: "Media Decoder". Retrieved 6/15/09.
  13. ^ Worden, Nat. "News Corp. Close to Selling Weekly Standard". June 11, 2009. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6/15/09.
  14. ^ "Weekly Standard sold to Washington Examiner parent company". June 17, 2009. Washington Examiner.
  15. ^ Corcoran, Michael. The Weekly Standard’s War: Murdoch sells ..." September, 2009. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
  16. ^ Mickey, Bill. "[1]". October 6, 2010. "Audience Development".
  17. ^ APOLOGY TO DEEPAK CHOPRA: THE WEEKLY STANDARD SUIT SETTLED, PR Newswire, June 23, 1997. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  18. ^ Self-help guru settles libel lawsuit, Spokesman-Review, June 24, 1997. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  19. ^ The Art of the Spiritual Smackdown, Salon.com, Stephen Lemons, March 7, 2000. Retrieved 12 October 2014.

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