The Weekly Standard, the NeverTrump “conservative” magazine, may be about to fold, according to reports released late on Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hayes told magazine employees that the future for the NeverTrump rag is “uncertain.”
A search for a buyer for the small publication proved fruitless, according to sources, leaving the solvency of the magazine in doubt.
According to CNN:
The people explained that The Weekly Standard’s leadership had butted heads with MediaDC, the current publisher of the magazine, and that the two parties had agreed to allow Hayes to search for a new owner.
However, MediaDC recently informed The Weekly Standard’s leadership that the company was no longer interested in a sale, the people said.
Instead, Ryan McKibben, the chairman of MediaDC, asked to meet with Hayes in a meeting tentatively scheduled for late next week, the people said. McKibben, they said, also requested the entire staff of The Weekly Standard be made available following the meeting.
The news that rival conservative news group the Washington Examiner plans to launch a new weekly magazine put Weekly Standard in a bind for fear that their few remaining subscribers would abandon them for the new Examiner magazine.
Employees of Weekly Standard are bracing for the worst.
Unfortunately for Weekly Standard, the magazine has become a pariah among most conservative readers for spending more time attacking Trump and other conservatives than it has in attacking liberals.
Indeed, some of the magazine’s employees were seen openly wishing that Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in the 2016 election. These so-called conservatives not only abandoned the Republican Party, but they also turned traitor to the entire conservative cause by backing Hillary.
Worse has been the apostasy of the magazine’s founder, Bill Kristol, who has become a leader of the anti-Trump “resistance” and has completely turned his back on any pretext of being a conservative.
Kristol’s apostasy has seriously tainted the magazine’s reputation.
The Weekly Standard is a perfect example of what happens when you utterly abandon your customers.
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