Conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard is shutting down after 23 years of circulation. The outlet, which often published influential conservative opinion pieces, had been searching for a new owner, reports CNN, but its publisher told staffers Friday that it was no longer interested in seeking ways to revamp the company. The Weekly Standard was founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes in 1995; it was seen as a pillar of neoconservative media and was often aligned with former president George W. Bush's administration. In recent years, the publication has consistently criticized President Trump — editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes reportedly noted to staff that conservative organizations critical of Trump's administration have struggled compared to Trump-friendly publications.
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