+“Who Killed The Weekly Standard?” | The New York Times | David Brooks | 12/15/18
“This week, Anschutz and McKibben murdered The Weekly Standard, the conservative opinion magazine that Anschutz owned. They didn’t merely close it because it was losing money. They seemed to have murdered it out of greed and vengeance.
John Podhoretz, one of the magazine’s founders, reports that they actively prevented potential buyers from coming in to take it over and keep it alive. They apparently wanted to hurt the employees and harvest the subscription list so they could make money off it. And Anschutz, being a professing Christian, decided to close the magazine at the height of the Christmas season, and so cause maximum pain to his former employees and their families.
The closing of The Weekly Standard is being told as a Trump story, as all stories must be these days. The magazine has been critical of Trump, and so this is another example of the gradual hegemony of Trumpism over the conservative world. That is indeed the backdrop to what happened here.”
Being a post-liberal waiting for a post-everything era means keeping one’s eyes ever on the horizon for signs that the old order is collapsing under the weight of its own inadequacies. From this perspective and with just a smidge of irony I’ll miss The Weekly Standard as I’d miss The National Review or The American Spectator should either suffer The Standard’s crass, banal death.
In the Before Time, The Long Long Ago, keeping an eye on rightward opinioning was good for sharpening counter-arguments. Now I appreciate anti-orange conservatives as one appreciates well-armed, battle-tested holdouts trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The numbers aren’t on their side, but the fact that they are the final few is a prima facie case that they weren’t totally wrong on everything.
And about that irony…
Has anyone noticed that what’s been done to The Weekly Standard isn’t that different than what its writers wanted done to Iraq back in the day? Remember what Paul Wolfowitz and other neocons said about a sovereign nation’s oil paying for the war against it? That ilk wanted a whole country stripped and sold for parts. Now that sounds kinda like The Weekly Standard’s subscriber list as it’s harvested to woo new readers for a pro-Trump periodical.
Gotta chuckle at how pissed-off David Brooks is about that.
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