In a world where Karma often rules, today is one of those days. Bill Kristol has been as anti Donald Trump as one can imagine. Kristol has taken shot after shot after shot at the President. While doing so, he also took shot after shot after shot at the majority of American conservatives.
Kristol never seemed to understand that the majority of Americans didn’t vote for President Trump because he was a boy scout. They voted for Trump because he represented something that they hadn’t seen since Ronald Reagan. He’s not a true politician.
The success of the President didn’t help Kristol either as many conservative influencers from Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Charlie Kirk all backed Trump while Kristol continued to attack him.
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 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.”
It broke on social media today that The Weekly Standard was given until 5pm to clear out of their offices. A sad day for those young writers who had no clue what they were getting themselves into with Bill Kristol’s never Trumping publication.
This morning in a letter to the staff, 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 click bait.”