WASHINGTON. Well, the Weekly Standard has indeed closed its doors. In fact, it is said owner Clarity Media Group informed the staff, with no hint of sentimentality, that they should clean out their desks before the end of business last Friday.
“All good things come to an end,” Standard co-founder Bill Kristol said in a tweet. “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!”
One very unhappy never-Trumper
Far less magnanimous was the fellow founder, columnist, and Commentary Magazine editor, John Podhoretz. He pleaded with Standard subscribers to “demand refunds rather than serve as passive participants in this act of politico-cultural murder,” he wrote in Commentary.
The reason for the journal’s demise, of course, was its declining readership and defecting donor base. As POLITICO noted, the Standard’s closing put an end to…
“…one of the only conservative outlets that consistently stood in opposition to
the style and politics of President Donald Trump.”
That opposition clearly killed the Standard.
Podhoretz later tweeted,
“Civil and political discourse has suffered a huge loss with the demise of the Weekly Standard.”
These bloodless, barely-right intellectualoids have always coughed up their sleeves at the notion of boisterous and full-throated opposition to Democrats. After all, it was another Standard co-founder, Fred Barnes, who coined the term “big-government conservative” to justify President George W. Bush’s acquiescence to big spending bills sponsored by Democrats and their GOP enablers.
And there never seemed to be a conflict anywhere on the globe they did not see as an opening for US military intervention… hence their love for the late saber-rattling Sen. John McCain.
But it should also be remembered that Bill Kristol was part of the “stop Trump” movement, which resulted after panicked GOP establishmentarians watched Trump vanquish all seventeen of his 2016 Republican primary opponents.
A foreign-inspired disinformation campaign and Bill Kristol
On July 24, 2016, an article by Kristol appearing in the Standard asks if the GOP was “Putin’s Party?” The article appearing a mere three days after the GOP was done with its presidential nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kristol’s stop Trump movement had clearly failed.
The charges Kristol made in his article four months before the 2016 general election contained a laundry list of Democratic talking points that have since been repeated ad nauseum by the mainstream media:
That Trump changed the “GOP platform… to weaken language supporting Ukraine” as a favor to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
That emails “damaging to Hillary Clinton” were purloined by “Putin’s espionage apparatus.”
That Trump “heartily” approved “of this interference by a foreign power in an American election.”
That same month, Deep-State operatives in the Obama administration were busy shopping the anti-Trump dossier. That dossier, dubiously composed by British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, was given to the mainstream media and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
That secret court sanctioned a counter-intelligence operation, which included infiltrating several spies into the Trump presidential campaign.
And with that, Trump suddenly morphed into a Russian sleeper agent.
The Kremlin, Clinton, and Kristol
If Kristol was not a recipient of the Steele dossier, he was surely aware of its contents. Including the Clinton campaign smears that would later weaponize into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-collusion witch hunt.
In order to save the dubious ideology espoused by the magazine John Podhoretz described as a “publication that would help guide and keep honest the hard-charging Republican Party,” co-founder Kristol had to side with the Democratic administration of Barack Obama that spied on the campaign of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Then Kristol championed the Russia-collusion talking points of the Democratic presidential campaign of a woman who as Secretary of State oversaw the sale of 20 percent of our nation’s uranium stockpile to a Russian shell company.
A woman whose husband, former President Bill Clinton, then received a quid-pro-quo fee of $500,000 for a speech given to a group of Russian bankers with ties to Vladimir Putin.
Real Russian collusion
There was certainly Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign. And it was clearly intended to “sow discord” among the American people. Discord British spy Christopher Steele, his Kremlin contacts, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their “conservative” fellow traveler Bill Kristol were all facilitators of.
Thankfully, the magazine he co-founded will no longer serve as a clearinghouse for Kremlin and DNC disinformation.
Top Image: Montage of Weekly Standard anti-Trump covers.
Bill Kristol inset ABC News screen capture.