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The Weekly Standard
March 7, 2016 issue of The Weekly Standard
EditorStephen F. Hayes
PublisherTerry Eastland
Total circulation
(December 2012)
First issueSeptember 1995; 23 years ago (1995-09)
CompanyClarity Media Group
Based inWashington, D.C.

The Weekly Standard is an American conservative[2][3][4][5][6] opinion magazine[7] published 48 times per year. Its founding publisher, News Corporation, debuted the title on September 18, 1995. Originally edited by founders William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard has been described as a "redoubt of neoconservatism" and as "the neo-con bible."[8][9]. It is currently owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, itself a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation.[10]

Many of the magazine's articles are written by members of conservative think tanks located in Washington, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Hudson Institute, and the Foreign Policy Initiative. Individuals who have written for the magazine include Elliott Abrams, Peter Berkowitz, John R. Bolton, Ellen Bork, David Brooks, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Christopher Hitchens, Harvey Mansfield, Cynthia Ozick, Joe Queenan, and John Yoo. The magazine's website also produces regular online-only commentaries and news articles.


In 1997, nearly a year after a cover story that included allegations of hiring a prostitute and plagiarism against best-selling author Deepak Chopra, the editors of The Weekly Standard accepted full responsibility for the errors in the story, and apologized.”[11][12] Chopra claimed that the magazine settled for $1.6 million.[13]

The Standard was viewed as heavily influential during the administration of George W. Bush (2001-2009), being called the in-flight magazine of Air Force One.[14] In 2003, although the magazine's circulation was only 55,000, Kristol said that "We have a funny relationship with the top tier of the administration. They very much keep us at arm's length, but [Vice President] Dick Cheney does send over someone to pick up 30 copies of the magazine every Monday."[15]

In 2006, though the publication had never been profitable and reputedly lost more than a million dollars a year, News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch dismissed the idea of selling it.[16]

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 diminished.[17][18] The Washington Examiner reported that month that the Examiner's parent company, the Anschutz-owned Clarity Media Group, had purchased the Standard.[19][20]; the price was about $1 million.[21]

The Standard increased its paid circulation by 39 percent between its June 2009 and June 2010 BPA statements.[22] Its print circulation of about 100,000 in 2013 had decreased to 72,000 by 2017, according to the BPA, with circulation dropping about 10 percent between 2016 and 2017.[14]

In late 2016, Kristol ended his time as editor-in-chief.[23] He was replaced by Stephen Hayes, the magazine's senior writer.[24] Under Hayes' leadership, the Standard continued to be critical of Donald Trump; Trump's supporters in turn criticized the Standard, and the magazine's influence in Republican circles dwindled.[25]

In December, 2017, The Weekly Standard became an official fact-checking partner for Facebook.[26]

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  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. Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 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. ^ Rachman, Gideon (January 15, 2007). "The neo-cons' route to disaster". "... the neo-con bible, The Weekly Standard ...". Financial Times
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  11. ^ APOLOGY TO DEEPAK CHOPRA: THE WEEKLY STANDARD SUIT SETTLED, PR Newswire, June 23, 1997. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Self-help guru settles libel lawsuit, Spokesman-Review, June 24, 1997. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  13. ^ The Art of the Spiritual Smackdown,, Stephen Lemons, March 7, 2000. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  14. ^ a b Schwartz, Jason (December 4, 2018). "Weekly Standard faces uncertain future after holding its ground against Trump". POLITICO. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Carr, David (June 24, 2004). "When this weekly speaks, White House listens". New York Times. Archived from the original on June 24, 2004. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Cassidy, John. "'Murdoch's Game'". October 16, 2006. The New Yorker.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Worden, Nat. "News Corp. Close to Selling Weekly Standard". June 11, 2009. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6/15/09.
  19. ^ "Weekly Standard sold to Washington Examiner parent company[permanent dead link]". June 17, 2009. Washington Examiner.
  20. ^ Corcoran, Michael. The Weekly Standard’s War: Murdoch sells ..." September, 2009. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
  21. ^ Arango, Tim (August 2, 2009). "New Owner for Weekly Standard as Political Tastes Change". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  22. ^ Mickey, Bill. "[1] Archived 2010-11-21 at the Wayback Machine.". October 6, 2010. "Audience Development".
  23. ^ Rupert, Evelyn (December 13, 2016). "Bill Kristol stepping down as Weekly Standard editor-in-chief". TheHill. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  24. ^ "Stephen F. Hayes '93 to Succeed William Kristol as Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard". DePauw University. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  25. ^ Darcy, Oliver (December 5, 2018). "Fate of The Weekly Standard is uncertain, editor tells staff".
  26. ^ "Facebook looks to conservative Weekly Standard to combat its fake news problem — Quartz". Retrieved 2018-09-15.

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