And so goes The Weekly Standard. On December 14 its owner, Clarity Media Group, announced that the conservative magazine's December 17 issue would be its last. Founded in 1995, with Bill Kristol, John Podhoretz and Fred Barnes at the helm, the magazine became extremely influential during the Bush years, being dubbed (as The New Republic was for Bill Clinton) the "in-flight magazine of Air Force One." But as the commentator class has unanimously concluded, The Weekly Standard, which became the platform of the "Never Trumpers," lost its battle with the President and his supporters. Clarity Media Group, in its press release, focused on the magazine's lost fight with the bottom line. But, in the "policy mag" space, who hasn't struggled in that department?
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