Description of Weekly Standard Magazine

The Weekly Standard is a right-leaning conservative magazine that covers American national and international political issues. Founded in 1995 by William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Weekly Standard has since became known as “the neo-con bible” for many American conservatives.

The Standard regularly features opinion articles written by some of the most prominent members of Washington D.C. conservative think tanks, such as the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Notable contributing voices in the magazine include Peter Berkowitz, David Brooks, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Harvey Mansfield, Ellen Bork, Joe Queenan, Tucker Carlson, Brit Hume, PJ O’Rourke, and many more.

History

WEEKLY STANDARD MAGAZINE

The magazine is published 48 times a year and is now owned by Clarity Media Group after a transfer of ownership in 2006 from its founding publisher, News Corporation owned by Rupert Murdoch. The Clarity Media Group also operates other conservative publications, including the Washington Examiner and the San Francisco Examiner. The Standard became an official fact-checking partner for Facebook in December 2017, the first conservative publication to do so.

TYPES OF CONTENT

CURRENT ISSUES

CURRENT ISSUES

In each issue of the Weekly Standard, readers can find feature stories on current issues, including the national debt and the mid-term election. Editorials are another key component to the magazine, with the latest arguing for Medicare for the masses and against Bashar al-Assad’s military activities.


Features, Commentaries, Editorials

FEATURES, COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS

Another regular feature of the magazine are commentaries on hot-bed issues in America and around the world. Although the articles do not outright express scorn toward Democrats or left-leaning positions, it uses moderately loaded words that at the very least suggest its favor toward the right. For example, in the November 5 issue, the magazine featured “’Socialism’ Is Popular Only Because People Don’t Know About What It Is” and “Legal Group Racks Up Another Victory for Religious Liberty.”


News

NEWS

In addition to features, commentaries, and editorials, the Weekly Standard also publishes in each issue a number of news-like articles intended to inform and educate its readers. Most recently, the magazine’s articles discuss in broad details the ramifications of a particular candidate’s actions and inactions during the mid-term election. “Jacky Rosen Should Be Pulling Away From Dean Heller in Nevada. Why Isn’t She?” reads one article. Other articles include: “Battle for the Senate: Will the GOP-Friendly Map Be Enough to Overcome an Unpopular President?”, “The Truth About Georgia’s Voter-Registration Kerfuffle”, and “How Josh Hawley Became a Likeable—and Viable—Candidate for Senate in Missouri."


Books & Arts

BOOKS & ARTS

For readers who are looking for something more light-hearted, the Weekly Standard’s Books & Arts section features reviews on books, movies, acting classes, and art. In the Scrapbook section, readers will be enlightened by the Standard’s tongue-in-cheek articles about current social and political issues. Here, readers will find slightly comical criticisms of liberal-leaning publications, as well as political cartoons that may sometimes speak louder than the articles they accompany. For a special 2018 Halloween edition, the magazine published a political cartoon of Nancy Pelosi holding a pumpkin candy bucket, and in the word bubble are the words “I’m Speaker Pelosi. Hand Over Your Paycheck.” Finally, The Weekly Standard’s parody section features funny stories intended to poke fun at political leaders and current topics.

 

Top Contributors

STEPHEN F. HAYES

FRED BARNES

ROBERT MESSENGER

CHRISTINE ROSEN

ERIC FELTEN

CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL

Conclusion

The Weekly Standard magazine is the gateway to conservative right-leaning reporting on current issues and political commentaries written by prominent personalities in Washington think tanks.