Weekly Standard, rightwing magazine opposed to Trump, closes after 23 years
Parent firm blames subscription figures but co-founder says magazine was ‘murdered’ to drive readers elsewhere
The Weekly Standard, one of the last holdouts opposed to Donald Trump within rightwing media, has been closed after 23 years, silencing its hawkish voice on foreign affairs and its non-ideological brand of conservatism at home.
The magazine’s parent company, Clarity Media, announced the closure on Friday, blaming the shuttering of one of the most august conservative titles on the declining number of its digital subscribers. “This was the step we needed to take,” the company’s president and CEO, Ryan McKibben, said in a statement.