The #NeverTrump publication, “Weekly Standard,” which was founded by infamous Trump-hater Bill Kristol, is reportedly closing within days.
Back in 2015, President Trump had the foresight that the “Weekly Standard” would fail, when he sent out this tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2015
The news about the demise of “Weekly Standard” broke when an OANN reporter published a tweet.
BREAKING: Multiple sources tell me that neocon magazine @weeklystandard is expected to close its operations in a few weeks. It had lost many subscribers since the 2016 election as its #NeverTrumper editors @BillKristol @stephenfhayes @SykesCharlie publicly aligned with the Left.
— Emerald Robinson (@EmeraldRobinson) December 4, 2018
CNN reported that Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hayes informed his staff that the magazine’s existence is in jeopardy.
Sources told CNN that the leaders of The Weekly Standard had been at odds with its publisher, and that Hayes had been permitted to look for another owner, but that MediaDC had then said it was not interested in selling the magazine. MediaDC also owns The Washington Examiner, which may soon offer its magazine as a weekly publication.
During the Summer of 2015, Bill Kristol announced he was “finished” with Donald Trump.
The Weekly Standard, founded by conservative pundits Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes in 1995, may be on its last legs.
Sources told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that funding for the magazine has dried up due to billionaire Philip Anschutz’s displeasure with its editorial direction.
“I don’t expect it to exist after December 14, 2018,” one editor told the website. “There is no budget for it AT ALL.”
One staffer said that Weekly Standard editor in chief Stephen Hayes did not know more than early reporting by CNN.
The editor also rejected rumors that publisher MediaDC would fold elements of The Weekly Standard into The Washington Examiner.
“I don’t think ‘folded’ is the right word,” the editor said. “It sounds more like [they’ll] get rid of us entirely.”