All good things come to an end. And so, after 23 years, does The Weekly Standard. I want to express my gratitude to our readers and my admiration for my colleagues. We worked hard to put out a quality magazine, and we had a good time doing so. And we have much more to do. Onward!
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 14, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) December 14, 2018
People at the Weekly Standard have been told to clear out their offices by 5 pm today, in case you were wondering what Clarity Media is like.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 14, 2018
The death of The Weekly Standard is terrible for commentary journalism. But it wasn't just about being anti-Trump. https://t.co/BZfdXYipQr
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 14, 2018
"I hope and expect its subscribers, tens of thousands of whom have been with the magazine since its very first day, will demand refunds rather than serve as passive participants in this act of politico-cultural murder." https://t.co/q7MwCf5a0i
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) December 14, 2018
If you’re rejoicing at people’s misfortune — such as losing their jobs two weeks before Christmas, to pick a random example — because you disagree with them politically, you really need to examine your priorities and what kind of person you want to be.
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) December 14, 2018
This is the day Trump supporters whose Twitter bios reference their love of Jesus come out to rejoice that the Weekly Standard’s employees are out of jobs right before Christmas because they didn’t like Jesu…errrr…Trump.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 14, 2018
Don’t be gaslighted.
Clarity Media has put out a statement explaining their decision:
“For more than twenty years The Weekly Standard has provided a valued and important perspective on political, literary and cultural issues of the day. The magazine has been home to some of the industry’s most dedicated and talented staff and I thank them for their hard work and contributions, not just to the publication, but the field of journalism. Despite investing significant resources into the publication, the financial performance of the publication over the last five years — with double-digit declines in its subscriber base all but one year since 2013 — made it clear that a decision had to be made. After careful consideration of all possible options for its future, it became clear that this was the step we needed to take.”
No one was reading this garbage.
The Weekly Standard was dying long before Trump arrived on the scene.