Axios morning email thingie warns us (emphasis and enigmatic formatting is theirs) :
Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review in the coming months to start a new conservative media company with Steve Hayes, who was editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard when its owner shut it down in December.
- Goldberg and Hayes tell me they plan a reporting-driven, Trump-skeptical company that will begin with newsletters as soon as this summer, then add a website in September, and perhaps ultimately a print magazine.
- Hayes, the likely CEO, and Goldberg, likely the editor-in-chief, are the founders.
- Hayes tells me about the startup, which doesn’t have a name now: “We believe there’s a great appetite on the center-right for an independent conservative media company that resists partisan boosterism and combines a focus on old-school reporting with interesting and provocative commentary and analysis.”
Hayes and Goldberg are seeking investors.
- Goldberg joined National Review in 1998 and was the founding editor of National Review Online. He’ll continue as a fellow for the National Review Institute.
Just as a refresher:
Goldberg got his start from his mother, Lucianne who made a career of raf-eff’ing the Clintons back in the ’90s, and he group-sourced writing that stupid book (which has been discredited everywhere except on the pages of the NR), which became his calling card. The NRO, as everyone knows, is the most intellectually dishonest rest stop on the Information Super Highway. The crew there gathers around the virtual water cooler and with good-fellow-well-met bonhomie give the most stilted hot takes and log-rolling, self-congratulations of the day.
Only Doughy Pantload could seize this moment as print and news (in general) is dying to launch a possible print-news outlet.