Sun Myung Moon’s Death Leaves Conservative Newspaper at a Crossroads
As the dust begins to settle after the death of Unification Church founder and South Korean cult figure Sun Myung Moon, questions about the future of the conservative newspaper he founded in Washington still linger.
The Washington Times, a daily newspaper Moon launched in 1982, is credited as one of the first of America’s powerful 21st century conservative news outlets, a group that now includes Fox News, The Drudge Report and The National Review. Madeline Albright and Ronald Reagan both boasted of reading the Times.
It was the Fox News “before there was Fox News,” says one longtime Moon watcher, who did not want to be named for fear for repercussion from Moon’s church. “They were the primary conservative force.”
Until 2010, The Washington Times was also owned by Moon’s New World Communications, an international media conglomerate similar to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which owns Fox News. The conglomerate was directly affiliated with Moon’s Unification Church.