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The Weekly Standard is an American conservative political magazine published 48 times per year. It made its debut on September 17, 1995, and it is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. It is viewed as a leading outlet of the influential neoconservative movement. Its current editors are William Kristol, chairman of the Project for the New American Century, and Fred Barnes.

It is very popular among United States President George W. Bush's administration. According to Vanity Fair (July 2003; as quoted by Ben Bagdikian in The New Media Monopoly), the office of Vice President Dick Cheney alone receives a special delivery of thirty copies.

Critics have claimed that the Weekly Standard lacks objectivity, citing an interview with senior Standard writer Matt Labash published by JournalismJobs.com in May 2003. Asked why conservative media outlets had enjoyed recent popularity, Labash responded "Because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it's true somewhat. We come with a strong point of view and people like point of view journalism. While all these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We've created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective. It pays to be subjective as much as possible. It's a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket. I'm glad we found it actually."

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