The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard

Infobox Newspaper
name = The Weekly Standard

type = Weekly Political Magazine
format = Magazine
foundation = September 1995
owners = News Corporation
publisher = Terry Eastland
political = Neoconservative
headquarters = 1150 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
editor = Fred Barnes
William Kristol
website = []
circulation = 83,000 per week

"The Weekly Standard" is an American opinion magazine published 48 times per year. It is owned by News Corporation and made its debut on September 17, 1995. Its current editors are founder William Kristol and Fred Barnes. "The Weekly Standard" produces "The Daily Standard" with commentary and articles written for the magazine's website. Other frequent contributors include Christopher Hitchens, P.J. O'Rourke, Charles Krauthammer, David Frum, Stephen Schwartz, Matt Labash, and Stephen F. Hayes.


The Weekly Standard lists praise from various sources on its website. [] []

In an interview with senior "Standard" writer Matt Labash published by in May 2003, Labash was asked why conservative media outlets had enjoyed recent popularity. Labash responded, somewhat jocularly: [ [ Interview with Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard] ,, May 2003]

Scott McConnell, writing in the paleoconservative magazine "The American Conservative", wrote that " [I] f Rupert Murdoch’s purpose was to make things happen in Washington and in the world, he could not have leveraged it better. One could spend 10 times that much on political action committees without achieving anything comparable [to "The Weekly Standard"] ."Scott McConnell, " [ Murdoch’s mag stands athwart history yelling, “Attack!”] ," "The American Conservative", 21 November 2005.] McConnell describes the "Weekly Standard" as pushing for war against Iraq and tying Saddam to al Qaeda: " [I] n the first issue the magazine published after 9/11, Gary Schmitt and Tom Donnelly, two employees of Kristol’s PNAC, clarified what ought to be the country’s war aims. Their rhetoric — which laid down a line from which the magazine would not waver over the next 18 months — was to link Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in virtually every paragraph, to join them at the hip in the minds of readers, and then to lay out a strategy that actually gave attacking Saddam priority over eliminating al-Qaeda. The first piece was illustrated with a caricature of Saddam, not bin Laden, and the proposed operational plan against bin Laden was astonishingly soft."

Although the publication "loses more than a million dollars a year", Rupert Murdoch, the head of the News Corporation, has dismissed the idea of selling it. [ [ "Murdoch's Game"] , "The New Yorker", 2006-10-16]

Editorial staff

Editorial staff who often appear with by-lines in the magazine:
* William Kristol, editor
* Fred Barnes, executive editor
* Richard Starr, deputy editor
* Claudia Anderson, managing editor
*Philip Terzian, literary editor
* Senior editors:
** Christopher Caldwell
** Andrew Ferguson
* Assistant managing editor:
** Victorino Matus
* Senior writers:
** Stephen F. Hayes
** Matt Labash
* Associate editor:
** Matthew Continetti
* Assistant editor:
** Sonny Bunch
* Jonathan V. Last, online editor
* Michael Goldfarb, deputy online editor

Contributing editors

* Gerard Baker
* Max Boot
* Joseph Bottum
* Tucker Carlson
* John J. DiIulio Jr.
* Noemie Emery
* Joseph Epstein
* David Frum
* David Gelernter
* Reuel Marc Gerecht
* Brit Hume
* Frederick W. Kagan
* Robert Kagan
* Charles Krauthammer
* Tod Lindberg
* P.J. O'Rourke
* John Podhoretz
* Irwin Stelzer


External links

* [ "The Weekly Standard" website]
* [ "White House Listens When Weekly Speaks"] , "The New York Times", 11 March 2003

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