The Weekly Standard

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

The Weekly Standard was an American mainstream 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. Most notably edited by founder William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard had been described by "soft conservative" and bipartisan supporters as a "redoubt of neoconservatism" and as "the neo-con bible".[8][9] Towards the end, it was increasingly criticized by those on the right as a member of the "controlled opposition", and a so-called cuckservative mouthpiece. The last issue was published on December 17th, 2018.

Since it was founded in 1995, The Weekly Standard had never been profitable, and had remained in business through subsidies from conservative benefactors such as former owner Rupert Murdoch.[10]

Many of the magazine's articles were written by members of conservative think tanks located in Washington: the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Hudson Institute, as well as Kristol's Foreign Policy Initiative. Individuals who have written for the magazine include Elliott Abrams, Peter Berkowitz, John R. Bolton, Ellen Bork, David Brooks, Christopher Hitchens, Roger Kimball, Harvey Mansfield, Joe Queenan, and John Yoo. The magazine's website blog, titled Daily Standard, was edited by Daniel Halper and produced daily commentaries.

Ownership change

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 had increased its paid circulation by 39 percent between its June 2009 and June 2010 BPA statements.[16]

Deepak Chopra case

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]

Support for US intervention overseas

The Standard promoted and supported the invasion of Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein.

In November 1997 Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan wrote an editorial titled “Saddam Must Go”, in which they stated “We know it seems unthinkable to propose another ground attack to take Baghdad. But it’s time to start thinking the unthinkable.”[20]

In the first issue published after 9/11, Gary Schmitt and Tom Donnelly, two employees of Kristol’s PNAC, suggested what ought to be the USA’s new aims. The magazine condemned any criticism of Islam, instead praising the religion. It also opposed restrictions on the trend of increasing Third World immigration into the West. Instead, "the authors' rhetoric was to link Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in virtually every paragraph, to join them at the hip in the minds of readers, and then to lay out a strategy that actually gave attacking Saddam priority over eliminating al-Qaeda."[21]

On December 16, 2018, co-founder and contributing editor John Podhoretz defended the coverage answering the question by Lulu Garcia-Navarro on NPR: “Do you regret the coverage of Iraq War?” saying “I think, basically, what - all a magazine - editors, writers - can promise is that they will be honest and say what they mean and think and argue the best way that they can. And with the facts available at the time, that is what The Standard did.”[22]

Notable personnel

Editorial staff

Contributing editors


  1. "The Weekly Standard Business Publication Circulation Statement". BPA Worldwide. December 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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 October 25, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.
  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,, Stephen Lemons, March 7, 2000. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  20. Kristol, Bill (November 17, 1997). "SADDAM MUST Go". WeeklyStandard. Retrieved December 16, 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. McConnell, Scott (November 21, 2005). "The Weekly Standard's War". TheAmericanConservative. Retrieved December 16, 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Co-Founder: 'Cannibalism,' Not Anti-Trump Stand, Killed 'Weekly Standard'". NPR. December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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