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#1 LFC

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 12:02 PM

Hoisted on their own re-tard. The Weekly Standard was a key player for years of Republican radicalization and disregard for the truth. When the stakes ended up a bit too high for them to stomach they tried to stay at their own comfort level of dishonesty and insanity but that made them outcasts in the world they helped create. Now comes the whining and lamenting about "polarization" in the media business.

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The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, Clarity Media Group, the owner of its publisher announced Friday morning. It will publish its final issue on December 17.

The announcement came after the magazine's editor-in-chief, Stephen Hayes, met privately with Ryan McKibben, the chairman of The Weekly Standard's publisher, MediaDC.

"For more than twenty years The Weekly Standard has provided a valued and important perspective on political, literary and cultural issues of the day," McKibben said in a press release. "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."

Employees were told that they would be paid through the end of the year, and that afterward they would receive severance which would range in scale depending on factors like seniority, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. To receive severance, however, employees would need to sign a non-disclosure agreement, the people said.

Employees were also told to clear out their desks by the end of the day, the people told CNN. The people said that their email addresses were already in the process of being shut off.

The closing of the magazine represents a broader shift in conservative media. Outlets on the right that are critical of Trump have lost influence or changed their tone, while media organizations on the right supportive of the President have flourished.

In a note sent to staff Friday morning, Hayes referenced the difficulty conservative news organizations critical of Trump have had in recent years.

"This is a volatile time in American journalism and politics," Hayes wrote. "Many media outlets have responded to the challenges of the moment by prioritizing affirmation over information, giving into the pull of polarization and the lure of clickbait."


This was a platform built on "prioritizing affirmation over information" right from its founding.

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The Weekly Standard was founded in 1995 by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes. During the presidency of George W. Bush, it was widely considered to be aligned with the administration and with neoconservatism broadly.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 12:30 PM

I guess there is no room for "moderate" right ring literature in Trump's party.

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 01:03 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 14 December 2018 - 12:30 PM, said:

I guess there is no room for "moderate" right ring literature in Trump's party.

Nope. Even Glenn Beck couldn't keep up with the crazy. Meanwhile Alex Jones isn't at all controversial on the right.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 01:55 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 14 December 2018 - 12:30 PM, said:

I guess there is no room for "moderate" right ring literature in Trump's party.

How moderate has the "moderate" right been since Nixon? Window dressing, that's all.
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Posted 14 December 2018 - 02:51 PM

Thank you for "The Weakly"... This platform, like many others, was built on a very poor business model. "If you build it" et al is rough outside of a Hollywood studio. You've got to have a real, true marketing plan. You have to know why you're doing it, where you will go and a very Big Thing- know your backlinks.

WS was certain that if you offered up their content, then all your "lists" would pass it on. Remember- because of the poor business model, this so-called "business" put most of that on their writers. Because it isn't enough to write things. Now you must be a stone-cold marketer. WS saves costs!! Hey, no prob- we have all these contacts, say the writers! They put it on FB/Twitter etc. and we're huge. Problem: Most of that stops when about 3 people on those trails actually post. Without backlinks, you are dead, in the world where free means free and subscription is for suckers. Backlinks are my absolute friend. Means the difference, sometimes, between worldwide press and nothing at all.

Certain factions of Congress cry "Da-ad. Unfair!" because they don't understand this fact, and understand algorithms less than that. I had a belly-laugh listening to how ignorant our Congressional members are of it all. This is funny, or not. But it's what's passing.
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Posted 14 December 2018 - 03:13 PM

View PostLFC, on 14 December 2018 - 01:03 PM, said:

Nope. Even Glenn Beck couldn't keep up with the crazy. Meanwhile Alex Jones isn't at all controversial on the right.

Even Erick Erickson bailed.
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Posted 14 December 2018 - 03:35 PM

It will not be missed.
https://www.vox.com/...iraq-casualties

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The Weekly Standard isn’t just any conservative magazine. It’s distinctively the “neocon”magazine. Its founding editor, Bill Kristol, was the intellectual architect of the Project for a New American Century...

...there’s an inconvenient truth to neocons: Of all the conservative factions, they are objectively the most dangerous.

Invading Iraq was a catastrophic blunder

Never-Trump neocons’ essential paradox is that for all Trump’s many sins, he (so far) hasn’t done anything even remotely as pernicious as the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In its main phase from 2003 to 2011, this war led to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers, plus what appears to be around 400,000 Iraqis. And that was only the beginning. The regional destabilization the invasion touched off led directly to the rise of ISIS and a whole new round of fighting in Iraq in which many thousands of people have died.

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It’s easy to snark about the conspiratorial thinking of the current president and the relentless dishonesty of his press operation, but the Bush-era conspiracy theories about Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda were similarly ridiculous, and got way more people killed.



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Posted 14 December 2018 - 04:37 PM

View PostPractical Girl, on 14 December 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

Certain factions of Congress cry "Da-ad. Unfair!" because they don't understand this fact, and understand algorithms less than that. I had a belly-laugh listening to how ignorant our Congressional members are of it all. This is funny, or not. But it's what's passing.

This was f***ing classic cluelessness.

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Rep. Steve Chabot brought us one of the most unfortunate self-owns of the hearing while discussing Google search and anti-conservative bias. Bringing up his own personal experience, Chabot questioned Pichai on why Google returned so much negative criticism on Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last year. Unaware of the implication that so many outlets reported on the bill in this way simply because, maybe, it was just bad, Chabot went on to bring up a similar experience with the GOP tax plan.

Maybe Rep. Chabot needs to review the results of the last election to get a clue. Likely, however, he's impervious to reality.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:05 PM

John Podhoretz calls out well known racist, Muslim hater, and all-around purveyor of right-wing batshit craziness Rep. Steve King (R-IA). It looks like King finally crossed a line for JPud when he agreed with Trump that the failure of the Weakly Standard was "deserved." HORRORS! Does King have no decency?

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John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary and a former deputy editor of the Weekly Standard unloaded on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) after he sided with President Trump in his criticism of the Weekly Standard.

In a tweet on Sunday, King called the shuttered magazine’s demise “deserved” and criticized the Standard’s coverage of him.

The Weekly Standard regularly criticized Trump and many believe the publication was shut down so its owner could pour funding into the Washington Examiner’s magazine, which has been more subdued in its coverage of the Trump administration.

Podhoretz shot back on Twitter, calling the congressman a “foul disgusting liar” and a “stain on American public life.”


Unforgivable! It's not like this was some basic political position. You know, like lying about and trumpeting a war that caused the deaths of literally hundreds of thousands of people. That's just normal political stuff.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:29 PM

Somebody wrote a reminder of some of the things that the Weakly Standard produced. Saying it was "intellectual" is kind of like calling Paul Ryan a budget wonk.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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