The Weekly Standard, the neoconservative magazine founded in 1995 and led until recently by Bill Kristol, faces questions about its future, CNN reported Tuesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
The magazine’s current owner, MediaDC, reportedly “butted heads” with Weekly Standard leadership and at one point allowed its editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes (pictured above) to look for a buyer. The magazine has taken a firmer stance opposing President Donald Trump than many other conservative outlets.
But, CNN reported, MediaDC chairman Ryan McKibben “recently” told the magazine’s leaders that, instead of selling, he would like to meet with Hayes next week and “also requested the entire staff of The Weekly Standard be made available following the meeting.”
A spokesperson for MediaDC told CNN only that he was focused on the company’s other conservative property, The Washington Examiner, which announced Monday that it will expand its print magazine circulation nationwide.
Weekly Standard leadership is “worrying about the future” and its employees are “bracing for the worst,” in CNN’s words.