TLP: Moonies May Put WashingtonTimes Out Of DC's Misery
After both irritating and amusing the Eastern liberal elite, The Washington Times is reportedly near death, suffering from neglect by the wacky Korean family that founded it nearly 30 years ago. Survivors may include the National Enquirer.
The Huffington Post carries a report from DCRTV:
Conservative newspaper The Washington Times is perilously close to shutting down, the website DCRTV reports.As much as Washington conservatives tried to give the Times some level of respect, the paper never really had credibility. The Sulzbergers and Grahams may be cult-like in their own way, but there are no reports of Punch or Kay officiating as mass weddings.
A source told the site that at familial strife is at the heart of the possible closure. The Times is owned by the family of the controversial billionaire Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church. The reverend founded the paper in 1982, and has kept it afloat even though it has never been profitable. But he is now 90, and his children have taken over the day to day operations of his religious and media empire. His son Preston Moon now runs the Times.
Over the past year, the paper has run into serious financial difficulties, and the church has forced it to cut back.
It stopped publishing on Sundays and went through a deep round of layoffs last year.
In the spring, the church confirmed that it was trying to sell the paper. Clearly, the church's attempts to do so have not been met with much success, leading to reports of the Times' impending closure.
Meanwhile, the Post may see a hometown challenger in the form of the Enquirer. Fresh from the John Edwards takedown and giving considerable ink to a masseuse's claim that Al Gore was not going to be happy without a happy ending, Enquirer executive editor Barry Levine wants to set up shop in the nation's capital.
“I’ve broken some of the biggest stories the National Enquirer has ever published,” he says. He commanded the dirt diggers who first exposed the cheating scandals of Tiger Woods and John Edwards—not to mention spicy allegations about Al Gore. “And I spend nights thinking that if I wasn’t doing this, nobody else would. If I were in Russia, I’d be taken out by a hail of bullets, because that’s what happens to investigative journalists there.”And who's to say a guy can't dream? Even if he's not a nutty billionaire.
Levine, 51, takes his work seriously. He was on Colbert last week and appears on The View and on Huckabee, and even spoke at the Columbia Journalism School about the Edwards investigation, which he fought (successfully) to get considered for a Pulitzer. “I’m already working on the 2012 presidential candidates,” he says. “I dream of an office in Washington where aides to senators and congressmen come in on their lunch hour and tell us stories.”