Fall of one conservative newspaper but the rise of another

Fall of one conservative newspaper but the rise of another December 4, 2009

The conservative newspaper in the nation’s capital may be in a death spiral. The Washington Times has cut its staff by 40%. It will try to survive as a small give-away paper and as an online presence. The newspaper is owned by the cultic Unification Church, which is going through turmoil over who will succeed the aging messiah Sun Myung Moon (who was supposed to complete the unfinished work of Christ). The organization is also in a financial crisis, which means that the previously generous subsidies to the Times have been cut off.

Actually, there IS another conservative newspaper in D.C., the Washington Examiner, also distributed free and online, but it’s up and coming, in my opinion. The paper has recently hired Lutheran journalist and former National Review pundit Mark Hemingway as an editorial page writer. Here he is with his wife Mollie , also a Lutheran journalist and a confessional Lutheran polemicist extraordinaire:

Mollie & Mark Hemingway

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  • Jonathan

    I knew there must be a reason I like the Examiner over the Express. Now I know why. Thanks!

  • Jonathan

    I knew there must be a reason I like the Examiner over the Express. Now I know why. Thanks!

  • Kirk

    It’s nice to have a diversity of opinion on my metro ride, but the Examiner has a serious quality gap to fill if it wants to actually compete with the Express. But, like you said, it’s up and coming.

  • Kirk

    It’s nice to have a diversity of opinion on my metro ride, but the Examiner has a serious quality gap to fill if it wants to actually compete with the Express. But, like you said, it’s up and coming.

  • If the Washington Times were not a conservatively-biased paper, we might have more comments here about lumbering dinosaurs, mainstream media (written only as “MSM”, of course), liberal elitism, the irrelevancy of media groupthink, blah blah blah. But no.

    Turns out that not many people want to read a newspaper with a conservative bias, either.

    I wonder, if the Washington Post had a kooky cult leader pouring money into it, would we have heard more about it than the conservative cricket-chirping that has largely accompanied the ownership of the Washington Times?

  • If the Washington Times were not a conservatively-biased paper, we might have more comments here about lumbering dinosaurs, mainstream media (written only as “MSM”, of course), liberal elitism, the irrelevancy of media groupthink, blah blah blah. But no.

    Turns out that not many people want to read a newspaper with a conservative bias, either.

    I wonder, if the Washington Post had a kooky cult leader pouring money into it, would we have heard more about it than the conservative cricket-chirping that has largely accompanied the ownership of the Washington Times?

  • tODD- I guess that is the reason FOX is UP in the ratings and the other MSM outlets are -well –for a lack of any other descriptive phrase>>>>>
    DOWN>>>>DOWN >>>Down….
    Good on Human Events and the Examiner….
    C-CS

  • tODD- I guess that is the reason FOX is UP in the ratings and the other MSM outlets are -well –for a lack of any other descriptive phrase>>>>>
    DOWN>>>>DOWN >>>Down….
    Good on Human Events and the Examiner….
    C-CS

  • Soldier (@4), care to read my comment again? Tell me why you think cable channel Fox News is relevant to what I said.

  • Soldier (@4), care to read my comment again? Tell me why you think cable channel Fox News is relevant to what I said.

  • Carl Vehse

    In the couple of years I spent working in the DC area recently, a copy of the Washington Times was in the government office coffee room just about as often as a copy of the Post, left there by either government employees or contractor staff.

    I don’t know if it’s changed since the TOTUS came to power.

  • Carl Vehse

    In the couple of years I spent working in the DC area recently, a copy of the Washington Times was in the government office coffee room just about as often as a copy of the Post, left there by either government employees or contractor staff.

    I don’t know if it’s changed since the TOTUS came to power.