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| free = | dirinteractive = | circulation_ref =weblink| logo_size = | logo_alt = | image_size = | image_alt = | owner = Operations Holdings (via The Washington Times, LLC)| generalmanager = David Dadismaweblink| metroeditor = | metrochief = | circulation_date = November 2013| readership = | publishing_country = United States| publishing_city = Washington, D.C.}}The Washington Times is an American daily newspaper that covers general interest topics with a particular emphasis on American politics.WEB, Subscribe – Washington Times,weblink The Washington Times, 1 January 2018, It was founded on May 17, 1982, by Sun Myung Moon (the leader of Unification Church, also known as the Unification movement) and owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate founded by Moon, until 2010, when Moon and a group of former executives purchased the paper. It is currently owned by the conglomerate Operations Holdings, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Unification movement.WEB, The Washington Times reports first profitable month,weblink The Big Story, 2016-02-07, en-US, WEB,weblink Operations Holdings INC – About Us, www.operationsholdings.com, 19 March 2018, Its daily edition is distributed throughout the District of Columbia and sections of Maryland and Virginia. A weekly tabloid edition aimed at a national audience is also published.WEB,weblink Subscribe, Widely described as a conservative newspaper, The Washington Times was praised by Republican president Ronald Reagan.Behind the Times Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting August/September 1987Dear Leader's Paper Moon The American Prospect 2005-09-19 It has published numerous columns that reject the scientific consensus on climate change.NEWS,weblink Playing Climate-Change Telephone, The New Yorker, 2018-05-22, en-US, NEWS,weblink Analysis of "Deceptive temperature record claims", 2015-08-28, Climate Feedback, 2018-05-22, en-US, WEB,weblink The attack on climate change scientists continues in Washington, Hiltzik, Michael, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2015, Under Wes Pruden's editorship (1992–2008), The Washington Times published racially incendiary commentary and conspiracy theories about Democratic president Barack Obama,WEB, Betsy Woodruff,weblink Cruz’s Cozy Ties To DC's Most Prominent, Paranoid Islamophobe, Daily Beast, December 15, 2015, NEWS,weblink Meet Frank Gaffney, the anti-Muslim gadfly reportedly advising Donald Trump’s transition team, Bump, Philip, November 16, 2016, Washington Post, WEB, Eli Clifton,weblink Meet Donald Trump's Islamophobia Expert, Foreign Policy, December 8, 2015, WEB, Robert Schlesinger,weblink The Nutty 'Obama Is a Muslim' Charge Is Back (Now With a Hitler Comparison!), U.S. News & World Report, June 9, 2009, WEB,weblink Pundits Blame the Victims on Obama Muslim Myth, Huffington Post, August 24, 2010, Brendan Nyhan, and was noted for its association with white supremacism and the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

History

Beginnings

The Washington Times was founded in 1982 by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the Unification movement which also owns newspapers in South Korea, Japan, and South America, as well as the news agency United Press International.NEWS,weblink Sun Myung Moon Paper Appears in Washington, The New York Times, May 18, 1982, Bo Hi Pak, the chief aide of church founder and leader Sun Myung Moon, was the founding president and the founding chairman of the board.Pak was founding president of the Washington Times Corporation (1982–1992), and founding chairman of the board. Bo Hi Pak, Appendix B: Brief Chronology of the Life of Dr. Bo Hi Pak, in Messiah: My Testimony to Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Vol I by Bo Hi Pak (2000), Lanham, MD: University Press of America. Moon asked Richard L. Rubenstein, a rabbi and college professor who had written on the Holocaust, to serve on the board of directors."Rabbi Joins the Board of Moonie Newspaper", The Palm Beach Post, May 21, 1978 The newspaper's first editor and publisher was James R. Whelan.At the time of founding of The Washington Times, Washington had only one major newspaper, The Washington Post. Massimo Introvigne, in his 2000 book The Unification Church, said that the Post had been "the most anti-Unificationist paper in the United States."excerpt {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080513174704weblink |date=May 13, 2008 }} The Unification Church Studies in Contemporary Religion, Massimo Introvigne, 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, {{ISBN|1-56085-145-7}} p. 25 In 2002, at an event held to celebrate the Times's 20th anniversary, Moon said: "The Washington Times is responsible to let the American people know about God" and "The Washington Times will become the instrument in spreading the truth about God to the world."NEWS,weblink Moon Speech Raises Old Ghosts as the Times Turns 20, Ahrens, Frank, May 23, 2002, The Washington Post, 2009-08-16, The Times was founded the year after the Washington Star, the previous "second paper" of D.C., went out of business, after operating for over a hundred years. A large percentage of the staff came from the Washington Star. When the Times began, it was unusual among American broadsheets in publishing a full color front page, along with full color front pages in all its sections and color elements throughout. Although USA Today used color in the same way, it took several years for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and others to do the same. The Times originally published its editorials and opinion columns in a physically separate Commentary section, rather than at the end of its front news section as is common practice in U.S. newspapers. It ran television commercials highlighting this fact. Later, this practice was abandoned (except on Sundays, when many other newspapers, including the Post, also do it). The Washington Times also used ink that it advertised as being less likely to come off on the reader's hands than the Post's. This design and its editorial content attracted "real influence" in Washington. When the Times began it had 125 reporters, 25 percent of them Unification Church members.The Nation's Capital Gets A New Daily Newspaper,The Washington Post, May 17, 1982 In 1982 the Post criticized the Times for killing critic Scott Sublett's negative review of the movie Inchon, which was also sponsored by the Unification Church.NEWS, Romano, Lois, Review is Killed, The Washington Post, C1, September 18, 1982, A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, David Frum, in his 2000 book How We Got Here: The '70s, wrote that Moon had granted the Times editorial independence.BOOK, How We Got Here: The '70s, Frum, David, David Frum, 2000, Basic Books, New York, New York, 0-465-04195-7, 146, But some former employees, including the newspaper's first editor and publisher, James R. Whelan, have insisted that the paper was under Moon's control from the beginning. Whelan, whose contract guaranteed editorial autonomy, left the paper when the owners refused to renew the contract, asserting that "I have blood on my hands" for helping Moon acquire legitimacy."Ex-Publisher Says Moon Church Ran Newspaper", The New York Times, Susan Rasky, July 23, 1984. Retrieved 20 June 2014. Three years later, editorial page editor William P. Cheshire and four of his staff resigned, charging that, at the explicit direction of Sang Kook Han, a top official of the Unification Church, then-editor Arnaud de Borchgrave had stifled editorial criticism of political repression in South Korea."Five Resign from Washington Times," The Washington Post, April 15, 1987.After a brief editorship under Smith Hempstone, Arnaud de Borchgrave, an American journalist with an extensive career with the United Press International and Newsweek, was named executive editor on 20 March 1985.NEWS,weblink Washington Times Editor Resigns, But Will Stay On to Write Articles, 1991, New York Times, Barbara Gamarekian, He mounted a fund-raising drive for Contras rebels in Nicaragua and helped obtain information leading to the arrest of Nazi war criminals.NEWS,weblink Arnaud de Borchgrave, Journalist Whose Life Was a Tale Itself, Dies at 88, Roberts, Sam, 2015-02-16, The New York Times, 0362-4331, 2016-03-11, Emily Langer, Arnaud de Borchgrave, swashbuckling Newsweek foreign correspondent, dies, Washington Post (February 15, 2015). He gave up editorial control in 1991.Washington Times reporters visited imprisoned South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandela during the 1980s. Mandela wrote of them in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, "They seemed less intent on finding out my views than on proving that I was a Communist and a terrorist. All of their questions were slanted in that direction, and when I reiterated that I was neither a Communist nor a terrorist, they attempted to show that I was not a Christian either by asserting that the Reverend Martin Luther King never resorted to violence."BOOK,weblink Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela, Nelson, 315, en-US, WEB,weblink Reporting from Washington, Ritchie, Donald, Oxford University Press, 262–263, Times reporter Peggy Weyrich quit in 1991 after one of her articles about Anita Hill's testimony in the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nominee hearings was rewritten to depict Hill as a "fantasizer."President Ronald Reagan is said to have read The Washington Times every day during his presidency. In 1997 he said, "The American people know the truth. You, my friends at The Washington Times, have told it to them. It wasn't always the popular thing to do. But you were a loud and powerful voice. Like me, you arrived in Washington at the beginning of the most momentous decade of the century. Together, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. And—oh, yes—we won the Cold War."

Wesley Pruden editorship

Wesley Pruden was named executive editor of the newspaper in 1992. During his editorship, the paper took a strongly conservative stance. Controversy ensued when Pruden was accused of pushing nativism.WEB,weblink The Washington Times takes a giant step—backwards, Columbia Journalism Review, 2016-03-11, In 1992 North Korean president Kim Il Sung gave his first and only interview with the Western news media to Washington Times reporter Josette Sheeran (who later became Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme).A Desire to Feed the World and Inspire Self-Sufficiency, ''New York Times, August 11, 2007In 1992 The New York Times reported that The Washington Times had only one-eighth the circulation of the Post (100,000 compared to 800,000) and that two-thirds of its subscribers also subscribed to the Post.Washington Times Moves to Reinvent Itself, Alex S. Jones, The New York Times, January 27, 1992. In 1994 the Washington Times introduced a weekly national edition. It was published in a tabloid format and distributed nationwide.Conservative Daily Tries to Expand National Niche, The New York Times, June 27, 1994In 1995, The Washington Times fired Samuel T. Francis, a columnist and editor, for making racist comments at a conference hosted by the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance. When Francis died in 2005, The Washington Times wrote a glowing obituary, which omitted Francis's racist and white nationalist beliefs, as well as his firing from The Times.Heidi Berich and Kevin Hicks, "White Nationalism in America" in Hate Crimes (ed. Barbara Perr: Praeger, 2009), pp. 112–13.In a 1997 column for The Washington Times, Gaffney alleged a seismic incident in Russia was a nuclear detonation at that nation's Novaya Zemlya test site, which meant that Russia had violating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTB).NEWS,weblink Spinning to the Right, Isaacs, John, November 1997, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 22 July 2016, Reporting on the allegation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists observed that, following its publication, "fax machines around Washington, D.C. and across the country poured out pages detailing Russian duplicity. They came from Frank Gaffney", going on to note that during the first four months of 1997, Gaffney had "issued more than 25 screeds" against the CTB. Subsequent scientific analysis of the Novaya Zemlya event confirmed that it was a routine earthquake.NEWS,weblink False Accusations, Undetected Tests and Implications for the CTB Treaty, Wallace, Terry, Arms Control Association, 22 July 2016, In 1997 the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, which is critical of U.S. and Israeli policies, praised The Times, along with The Christian Science Monitor, owned by the Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Times sister publication The Middle East Times, for what it called their objective and informative coverage of Islam and the Middle East, while criticizing the generally pro-Israel editorial policy of the Times. The Report suggested that these newspapers, being owned by churches, were less influenced by pro-Israel pressure groups in the United States.As U.S. Media Ownership Shrinks, Who Covers Islam? {{webarchive |url=http://webarchive.loc.gov/all/20050421165328weblink |date=April 21, 2005 }}, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 1997 In 1998 the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram wrote that the Times editorial policy was "rabidly anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and pro-Israel."The same old game {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090215193404weblink |date=February 15, 2009 }}, Al-Ahram, November 12–18, 1998, "The Washington Times is a mouthpiece for the ultra conservative right, unquestioning supporters of Israel's Likud government. The newspaper is owned by Sun Myung Moon, originally a native of North Korea and head of the Unification Church, whose ultra-right leanings make him a ready ally for Netanyahu. Whether or not Netanyahu is personally acquainted with Moon is unclear, though there is no doubt that he has established close friendships with several staff members on The Washington Times, whose editorial policy is rabidly anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and pro-Israel."In 2002 the Times published a story accusing the National Educational Association (NEA), the largest teachers' union in the United States, of teaching students that the policies of the U.S. government were partly to blame for the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.NEWS, Brendan, Nyhan, The big NEA-Sept. 11 lie; How the Washington Times helped create a myth about the teachers' union and Sept. 11, 2002-09-05, Salon (website), Salon, This accusation was denied by the NEA.NEWS, Cathy, Young, An unfair attack on teachers union, 2002-09-02,weblink Boston Globe, 2008-04-17, PRESS RELEASE,weblink Letter to the Washington Times from NEA President, 2008-04-17, Chase, Bob, 2002-08-20, National Education Association, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080517134505weblink">weblink 2008-05-17, (File:2008 07 The Washington Times newsroom 02.jpg|thumb|247x247px|The Washington Times newsroom)In 2002 Post veteran Ben Bradlee said, "I see them get some local stories that I think the Post doesn't have and should have had."WEB,weblink Washington 2002: Donald Graham's Washington Post, 24 November 2003, archive.org, 19 March 2018, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20031124234138weblink">weblink 24 November 2003, Dante Chinni wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review:In addition to giving voice to stories that, as Pruden says, "others miss," the Times plays an important role in Washington's journalistic farm system. The paper has been a springboard for young reporters to jobs at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, even the Post. Lorraine Woellert, who worked at the Times from 1992 to 1998, says her experience there allowed her to jump directly to her current job at Business Week. "I got a lot of opportunities very quickly. They appreciated and rewarded talent and, frankly, there was a lot of turnover."Washington 2002: The Other Paper {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060419012416weblink |date=April 19, 2006 }}In his 2003 book (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them|Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right), comedian, author, and later Democratic senator Al Franken devoted a chapter to criticizing the Times after executive editor Wesley Pruden rewrote a reporter's story, without the reporter's knowledge, about Franken's performance at a White House party. According to Franken, the rewrite was made to appear as if Franken had received a negative reception, which he says was not the case.(Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them|Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right). Dutton, August 29, 2003In 2004 The Washington Post reported that "Insiders say the church's new line is that with the end of the Cold War, it's important to support international organizations such as the United Nations and to campaign for world peace and interfaith understanding. That stance would be awkward for The Washington Times's hard-line editor in chief, Wesley Pruden, and its stable of neoconservative columnists."Tension of the Times The Washington Post June 18, 2004, "Insiders say the church's new line is that with the end of the Cold War, it's important to support international organizations such as the United Nations and to campaign for world peace and interfaith understanding. That stance would be awkward for The Washington Times's hard-line editor in chief, Wesley Pruden, and its stable of neoconservative columnists."In 2006 Max Blumenthal, writing in The Nation, reported that Moon's second oldest son Hyun Jin Moon, who had become president and CEO of parent company News World Communications, was in the process of ousting managing editor Francis Coombs because of accusations of racist editorializing. Blumenthal, quoting veteran Times news reporter George Archibald and others, reported that Coombs had made a number of racist and sexist comments, and was in the process of being sued by his colleagues for his remarks.WEB,weblink Hell of a Times, The Nation, 2013-07-01, {{As of|2007}}, home delivery of the paper in its local area was made in bright orange plastic bags, with the words "Brighter. Bolder. The Washington Times" and a slogan that changes. Two of the slogans were: "The voice and choice of discerning readers" and "You're not getting it all without us."BOOK, Bardach, Ann Louise, David Wallis, Moonstruck: The Rev. and His Newspaper, Nation Books, 2004, 137–39, 150,weblink 1-56025-581-1,

White nationalism and white supremacism

In a February 2013 article, the Columbia Journalism Review reported that the Times "became a forum for the racialist hard right, including white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and anti-immigrant scare mongers" under Pruden's editorship (1992–2008).NEWS,weblink The Washington Times takes a giant step—backwards, Blake, Mariah, February 11, 2013, Columbia Journalism Review, 2018-06-29, en, Between 1998 and 2004, the Times covered every biennial American Renaissance conference, hosted by the white supremacist New Century Foundation. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, "the paper’s coverage of these events—which are hotbeds for holocaust deniers, neo-Nazis, and eugenicists—was stunningly one sided," favorably depicting the conference content and conference goers.Under Pruden's editorship, the Times regularly printed excerpts from white supremacist publications, such as VDARE and American Renaissance magazine, and Bill White, leader of the American National Socialist Workers' Party, in its Culture Briefs section. Under Pruden's editorship, an entire page in the Sunday edition was devoted to the American Civil War, oftentimes glorifying the Confederacy.NEWS,weblink Just Like Old Times at the Washington Times?, Washington City Paper, 2018-10-30, en, NEWS,weblink Hell of a Times {{!, The Nation|last=Blumenthal|first=Max|access-date=2018-10-30|language=en-US|issn=0027-8378}} Robert Stacy McCain, a member of the neo-Confederate hate group League of the South, was hired to the Times and promoted to edit the Culture Briefs section, which became, according to Max Blumenthal, "a bulletin board for the racialist far right."NEWS,weblink Palin's Noxious Ghostwriter, Blumenthal, Max, 2009-11-16, The Daily Beast, 2018-10-30, en, Pruden himself authored columns where he argued that Barack Obama could not understand or appreciate America due to his race. In a 2009 column entitled "'Inner Muslim' at work in Cairo", Pruden wrote that Obama is the "first president without an instinctive appreciation of the culture, history, tradition, common law and literature whence America sprang. The genetic imprint writ large in his 43 predecessors is missing from the Obama DNA." In another 2009 column, Pruden wrote that Obama had “no natural instinct or blood impulse” for what America was about because he was “sired by a Kenyan father” and “born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World.” These columns stirred controversy, leading the Times to assign David Mastio, the Deputy Editorial Page Editor, to edit Pruden's work. Mastio said that drafts provided by Pruden used subtle racism and glorified the Confederacy, "He was constantly re-litigating the Civil War, and attacking the historical figures on the right side of the war, Lincoln and Grant being his favorites... He also used terms with animal implications when referring to blacks".

Post-Pruden years

In January 2008, Pruden retired and John F. Solomon began as executive editor of The Washington Times. Solomon had previously worked for the Associated Press and The Washington Post, and had most recently been head of investigative reporting and mixed media development at the Post.State Native to lead DC newspaper {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090211111011weblink |date=February 11, 2009 }} Connecticut Post January 26, 2008Ex-Washington Post Reporter to Lead a Rival The New York Times February 11, 2008Erik Wemple, "Playing Center: John Solomon is pushing evenhandedness at the Washington Times {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080301235126weblink |date=2008-03-01 }}, Washington City Paper, February 29, 2008. Within a month, the Times changed some of its style guide to conform more to what was becoming mainstream media usage. The Times announced that it would no longer use words like "illegal aliens" and "homosexual," and in most cases opt for "more neutral terminology" like "illegal immigrants" and "gay," respectively. The paper also decided to stop using "Hillary" when referring to Senator Hillary Clinton, and the word "marriage" in the expression "gay marriage" would no longer appear in quotes in the newspaper. These changes in policy drew criticism from some conservatives.WEB,weblink Washington Times updates style guide, conservatives up in arms, Salon, 2008-02-27, 2013-07-01, Prospect magazine attributed the Times's apparent political moderation to differences of opinion over the United Nations and North Korea, and said: "The Republican right may be losing its most devoted media ally."News and Curiosities, Prospect, September 2006 (File:2008 09 The Washington Times - Printing and Distribution Center.jpg|thumb|The printing and distribution center of The Washington Times)In 2009 the Manila Times criticized The Washington Times for an editorial that it said interfered with the political process in the Philippines,Not-so-invisible hand {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090731121522weblink |date=July 31, 2009 }}, Manila Times, July 29, 2009 while The New York Times criticized it for an editorial linking proposed health care reform in the United States to policies of Nazi Germany.False 'Death Panel' Rumor Has Some Familiar Roots, The New York Times, August 14, 2009Baquet of 'N.Y. Times' Apologizes For 'Washington Times' Flap{{dead link|date=July 2016 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}, Editor & Publisher, August 17, 2009On November 30, 2009 The New York Times reported that the Washington Times would no longer be receiving funds from the Unification Church and might have to cease publication or go to online publication only.With Tumult at the Top, Washington Times Faces Uncertainty, The New York Times, November 30, 2009. In December 2009 the Times announced it would lay off 40 percent of its 370 employees and stop subscription service, instead distributing the paper free in some areas of Washington including branches of the government. The Times said that it would focus on its "core strengths," which it identified as "exclusive reporting and in-depth national political coverage, enterprise and investigative reporting, geo-strategic and national security news and cultural coverage based on traditional values." A subscription website owned by the paper, theconservatives.com, continued, as did the Times three-hour radio program, "America's Morning News."Large Staff Cuts Announced at the Washington Times, The New York Times, December 2, 2009 Later that month the Times announced that it would cease publication of its Sunday edition, along with other changes partly in order to end its reliance on subsidies from the Unification Church ownership.'Washington Times' Dropping Sunday Edition As Part of 'Refocused' Approach{{dead link|date=July 2016 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}, Editor & Publisher, December 21, 2009 On December 31, 2009, it announced that it would no longer be a full-service newspaper, eliminating its metropolitan-news and sports sections.Washington Times cuts sports section, others{{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}, Washington Examiner, December 31, 2009Eulogy for sports, The Washington Times, January 3, 2010In July 2010 international leaders of the Unification Church issued a letter protesting the direction the Times was taking and urging closer ties between it and the church.Unification Church CEO, others respond to unsigned blog post about Washington Times {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100724054956weblink |date=July 24, 2010 }}, Poynter Online (website of the Poynter Institute), July 22, 2010 In August 2010, a deal was made to sell the Times to a group more closely related to the church. Editor in chief Sam Dealey said that this was a welcome development among the Times' staff.Deal in Works for The Washington Times, The New York Times, August 25, 2010 On November 2, 2010, Moon and a group of former Washington Times editors purchased the paper from News World Communications for $1. This ended a bitter feud within the Moon family that had been threatening to shut down the paper completely.NEWS, Moon group buys back Washington Times, The Washington Post, November 3, 2010, C1, Ian, Shapira, In March 2011 the Times announced that some former staffers would be rehired and that the paper would bring back its sports, metro, and life sections.Washington Times relaunching Monday, Politico, March 16, 2011 In June 2011, Ed Kelley, formerly of The Oklahoman, was hired as editor overseeing both news and opinion content.Washington Times names Ed Kelley as editor; will oversee news coverage and opinion content, The Washington Post, June 10, 2011In October 14, 2012, it was announced that Douglas D. M. Joo, a senior executive, president, and chairman of the Times and affiliated publications for more than two decades, was stepping down.WEB, Longtime Times executive Joo resigns, takes job in Korea,weblink The Washington Times, 2016-02-07, The Washington Times,weblink Times president Tom McDevitt took his place as chairman, and Larry Beasley, onetime senior executive at the St. Petersburg Times and the Los Angeles Daily News, was hired as the company's new president and chief executive officer. Beasley announced a new strategy to reach profitability focusing on expanding digital publishing capabilities and growing a nationwide audience, while making it clear that the print publication would continue.WEB, New Times CEO moves quickly to name leadership team, set path to profitability,weblink The Washington Times, 2016-02-07, The Washington Times,weblink In March 2013 it was announced that Herring Networks would work with the Times to create a new cable news network that began broadcasting in mid‑2013. The new network was called One America News.NEWS, The Washington Times extending reach with cable network, Jennifer, Harper,weblink The Washington Times, 13 March 2013, 15 March 2013, NEWS, One America News Network, New Conservative Cable Channel, Sets Launch, David, Freedlander,weblink Daily Beast, 14 March 2013, 15 March 2013, NEWS, Herring Plans to Launch New Conservative News Network, Keach, Hagey,weblink The Wall Street Journal, 14 March 2013, 15 March 2013, In July 2013, former executive editor and investigative journalist John F. Solomon returned as editor, and to oversee the newspaper's content, digital and business strategies. The Times also acquired the Washington Guardian, an online news portal created in 2012 by Solomon and former Associated Press executives Jim Williams and Brad Kalbfeld.WEB, Solomon returns to lead content, business strategies at The Washington Times,weblink The Washington Times, 2016-02-07, The Washington Times,weblink WEB,weblink » John Solomon returns to the Washington Times JIMROMENESKO.COM, 2016-04-07,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160423010844weblink">weblink 2016-04-23, yes, In October, the paper announced its new national digital edition specifically designed to work on smartphones and tablets. In addition to the Times' print and online content, the app offered additional content such as exclusive newsmaker interviews and a weekly column from conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.WEB, Times launches its National Digital Edition app,weblink The Washington Times, 2016-02-07, The Washington Times,weblink In 2015, the paper began hosting US-Russia Crosstalk, a joint initiative between Times and the Center for the National Interest in the United States and the Kommersant newspaper and the Valdai Club in Russia, featuring foreign policy-related discussion regarding relations between the two countries.WEB,weblink US-Russia Crosstalk: Syrian settlement as a precondition for routing international terrorism, The Washington Times, 2016-04-07, On November 16, 2015, the newspaper's website recorded nearly 4.3 million page views, 20 percent higher than the company's previous record. That same month, Christopher Dolan was named as executive editor.WEB,weblink Chris Dolan named executive editor at The Washington Times, The Washington Times,

Seth Rich conspiracy theory op-ed

On March 1, 2018, the Times published a commentary piece by retired U.S. Navy admiral James A. Lyons which promoted conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich. In the piece, Lyon claimed that it was "well known in intelligence circles that Seth Rich and his brother, Aaron Rich, downloaded the DNC emails and was paid by Wikileaks for that information." The piece cited no evidence for the assertion.NEWS,weblink Brother of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich sues right-wing activists, newspaper over conspiracy theories, Eltagouri, Marwa, 2018-03-27, Washington Post, 2018-05-22, en-US, 0190-8286, Aaron Rich, the brother of Seth Rich and a subject of the false claim, filed a lawsuit against the Times, saying that it acted with "reckless disregard for the truth" and that it did not retract or remove the piece after "receiving notice of the falsity of the statements about Aaron after the publication".NEWS,weblink Former Seth Rich family spokesman files lawsuit against individuals, media outlet he says defamed him, Darcy, Oliver, CNNMoney, 2018-05-22, NEWS,weblink Brother of slain DNC staffer sues Washington Times, conservative activists, Anapol, Avery, 2018-03-27, TheHill, 2018-05-22, en, On September 30, 2018, Rich's attorney, Michael Gottlieb, reported that Rich and the Times had settled their lawsuit and shortly after the settlement the Times issued an "unusually robust" retraction.NEWS, Retraction: Aaron Rich and the murder of Seth Rich,weblink 1 October 2018, The Washington Times, NEWS, Darcy, Oliver, The Washington Times settles lawsuit with Seth Rich's brother, issues retraction and apology for its coverage,weblink 1 October 2018, CNNMoney,

Financial stability

The Washington Times had its first profitable year in 2015. The Times had suffered from poor finances and lack of profitability for 33 years.WEB,weblink Washington Times reaches profitability after 33 years, $1 billion in losses, The Washingtion Times, In 1991, founder Sun Myung Moon said in a speech, "Literally nine hundred million to one billion dollars has been spent to activate and run the Washington Times".WEB,weblink Reverend Sun Myung Moon Speaks on Our Mission During the Time of World Transition, Damian Anderson damian@unification.net, 1991-12-23, Unification.net, 2013-07-01, By 2002, about $1.7 billion had been spent by the Unification Church subsidizing The Washington Times, according to former employees.NEWS,weblink The Washington Post, Moon Speech Raises Old Ghosts as the Times Turns 20, Frank, Ahrens, May 23, 2002, May 25, 2010, In 2002, Columbia Journalism Review suggested Moon had spent nearly $2 billion on the Times. In 2008, Thomas F. Roeser of the Chicago Daily Observer mentioned competition from the Times as a factor moving The Washington Post more to the conservative side, and said that Moon had "announced he will spend as many future billions as is needed to keep the paper competitive."How the Liberal Media Stonewalled the Edwards {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090316042106weblink |date=March 16, 2009 }} Chicago Daily Observer August 18, 2008On November 13, 2014, Times President and CEO Larry Beasley announced that it was on course to reach profitability.WEB, Washington Times on course to achieve profitability in 2015 for first time ever,weblink The Washingtion Times, 2016-02-06, The Washington Times,weblink Since January 2013, the newspaper had increased its revenue by one-third while decreasing expenses by 37 percent. Digital products including The Washington Times{{'}} website, online videos and email marketing campaigns played a significant role in the revenue increase. Daily print advertising revenues also increased by 58 percent.The Times became profitable in September 2015 after significantly increasing its digital audience, posting three straight months with over 40 million page views and 5 million video views, and drawing on a national platform with California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Virginia as its five largest states of readership. CEO Beasley said, "I'm proud of our team for its determined effort to remake their company into a digital-first business that can sustain a print publication that still wields enormous clout inside the Beltway."WEB, Washington Times reaches profitability after 33 years, $1 billion in losses,weblink The Washingtion Times, 2016-02-06, The Washington Times,weblink

Political stance and content

(File:Washington Times dispenser.jpg|thumb|200px|Times dispenser)The Washington Times holds a conservative political stance.NEWS, Hall, Mimi, Bush, aides boost access of conservative media, USA Today, March 22, 2001,weblink NEWS, Glaberson, William, Conservative Daily Tries to Expand National Niche, The New York Times, June 27, 1994,weblink 2009-07-25, NEWS,weblink Seth Rich's brother sues right-wing activists, Washington Times over conspiracy theories, Darcy, Oliver, CNNMoney, 2018-05-22, BOOK,weblink Islam, Securitization, and US Foreign Policy {{!, Erdoan A. Shipoli {{!}} Palgrave Macmillan|last=|first=|publisher=|year=|isbn=|location=|page=247|pages=|language=en}}The Washington Post reported in 2002, "The Times was established by Moon to combat communism and be a conservative alternative to what he perceived as the liberal leanings of The Washington Post. Since then, the paper has fought to prove its editorial independence, trying to demonstrate that it is neither a "Moonie paper" nor a booster of the political right but rather a fair and balanced reporter of the news."Max Blumenthal wrote for The Nation in 2006 that the Times was "characterized by extreme racial animus and connections to nativist and neo-Confederate organizations... from its earliest days the Times has been a hothouse for hard-line racialists and neo-Confederates"In 2007, the progressive magazine Mother Jones said that the Times had become "essential reading for political news junkies" soon after its founding, and described the paper as a "conservative newspaper with close ties to every Republican administration since Reagan."Bush Sr. To Celebrate Rev. Sun Myung Moon—Again Mother Jones April 29, 2007In a 2008 Harper's Magazine essay criticizing American conservatism, American historianWEB, Bill Moyers Journal. Bill Moyers interviews Thomas Frank, PBS,weblink 2016-02-06, Thomas Frank linked the Times to the modern American conservative movement, saying, "There is even a daily newspaper—the Washington Times—published strictly for the movement's benefit, a propaganda sheet whose distortions are so obvious and so alien that it puts one in mind of those official party organs one encounters when traveling in authoritarian countries."WEB,weblink x, In 2009, The New York Times reported, "With its conservative editorial bent, the paper also became a crucial training ground for many rising conservative journalists and a must-read for those in the movement. A veritable who's who of conservatives—Tony Blankley, Frank J. Gaffney Jr., Larry Kudlow, John Podhoretz and Tony Snow—has churned out copy for its pages."In January 2011, conservative commentator Paul Weyrich said, "The Washington Post became very arrogant and they just decided that they would determine what was news and what wasn't news and they wouldn't cover a lot of things that went on. And the Washington Times has forced the Post to cover a lot of things that they wouldn't cover if the Times wasn't in existence."MediaChannel.org – Frontline: Reverend Moon {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110107074820weblink|date=January 7, 2011}}

Climate change denial

The Washington Times has published a number of columns that promote climate change denial. The Times headlined its story about the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change, "Under the deal, the use of coal, oil and other fossil fuel in the United States would be cut by more than one-third by 2002, resulting in lower standards of living for consumers and a long-term reduction in economic growth." In 2010, it published an article claiming that February 2010 snow storms "Undermin[e] The Case For Global Warming One Flake At A Time".WEB,weblink Washington Times: February Snow Storms "Undermin[e] The Case For Global Warming One Flake At A Time", 2010, Huffington Post, In 2014, The Washington Times said that a NASA scientist claimed that global warming was on a "hiatus" and that NASA had found evidence of global cooling; Rebecca Leber of the New Republic said that the NASA scientist in question said the opposite of what The Washington Times claimed.NEWS,weblink The Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie, The New Republic, 2018-05-22, en-US, In 2015, it published a column by Congressman Lamar Smith in which he argued that the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was "not good science, [but] science fiction."

Obama falsehoods and conspiracy theories

In 2008, the Times published a column by Frank Gaffney that promoted the false conspiracy theories that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was courting the "jihadist vote." In 2009 and 2010, the newspaper published pieces promoting the false claim that Obama is a Muslim. In 2016, the paper published an article that claimed $3.6 million of taxpayer money was spent on President Obama going on an outing with golfer Tiger Woods in 2013. Snopes rated the article "mostly false", because the estimated cost included both official business travel and a brief presidential vacation in Florida.NEWS,weblink FALSE: Obama Golf Outing with Tiger Woods Cost Nearly $4 Million, Snopes.com, 2018-05-22, en-US,

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Further reading

  • BOOK, Gorenfeld, John, 2008, Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom, Sausalito, California, Polipoint Press, 978-0-9794822-3-6,

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