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What are some facts about The Weekly Standard?

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The Weekly Standard is a weekly opinion and editorial magazine published by the Clarity Media Group as of 2015. It is widely considered to have a politically conservative perspective and has been specifically linked to neoconservative thought.

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The magazine was founded in 1995 by William Kristol, former chief of staff to the vice president under the George H.W. Bush administration. Kristol continues as a lead editor on the magazine.

News Corp was the magazine's original publisher. The magazine did not turn a profit under News Corp and was heavily subsidized by owner Rupert Murdoch. It changed hands to the Clarity Media Group in 2009.

Articles in the magazine are often written by members of conservative think tanks based in Washington, D.C. The magazine also runs a blog, The Daily Standard, which is updated daily with articles and commentary.

The magazine experienced significant controversy in 1996 when an article erroneously reported that motivational speaker Deepak Chopra had frequented a prostitute in 1991 and committed plagiarism in one of his books. It issued a formal apology and retraction in 1997. The FBI visited the magazine's offices in 2009 in connection to the shooting in May of that year at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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