Formerly conservative magazine folds
The Weekly Standard magazine charted its own course for disaster with its intensely critical messaging on President Donald Trump. Once considered a conservative bastion, its relentless insulting of the pro-Trump reader base, has finally rung the magazine’s death knell.
The last issue will be published Dec. 17.
“All good things come to an end,” Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard‘s co-founder and editor-at-large, tweeted. “We worked hard to put out a quality magazine, and we had a good time doing so.”
Is serious commentary in dramatically divided America intended to impart joviality or inform? Clearly, the Weekly Standard did neither.
Kristol, a one-time adviser to John McCain, must have developed a case of amnesia, forgetting these decisive election night results.
The Feb. 15, 2016 issue of National Review featured a vicious editorial that called then-candidate Donald Trump, “A threat to conservatism,” including critiques by nearly two dozen prominent conservatives united in their opposition to his candidacy. The cover was emblazoned with the words, “Against Trump.” Founded by William F. Buckley, who was in the forefront of the draft Goldwater movement, it now features articles like this one.
Conservative news magazines are not dying simply because of digital advances. The real cause is the lack of desire to take the pulse of their readers —- who overwhelmingly support President Trump. Not only has he put Justices Neil Gorsuch (2017) and Brett Kavanaugh (2018) on the U.S. Supreme Court, he is keeping his promises to the American people.
Denigrating this popular president, who generates massive, cheering crowds at rallies across the country, is not the route to keeping subscribers on-board.