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The Washington Times gets a Facelift

By CHQ Staff | 3/22/11

The Washington Times introduced a new expanded edition of the 30-year-old publication on Monday which Washington Times Chairman Douglas D.M. Joo hopes will “help readers nationally and internationally to understand a complex world while remaining true to the values we cherish — freedom, faith, family and service.”

Times executives made a special announcement about the redesign to about 150 political, business and community leaders during a lunch at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC on Monday.

"I'm very happy to see an expanded Washington Times," said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, who attended the gathering. "For almost 30 years the Times has reported on stories no one else covered, thereby bringing balance to important news in the capital of the free world.”

“Everyone who lives in our nation’s capital region deserves vibrant and intelligent debate on the critical issues we face today expressed through news and opinion that earns the trust of our readers,” said Washington Times President Thomas P. McDevitt. “Resetting our daily newspaper is a vital first step. With Washington as our home field, we are committed to serve national and global audiences through a spectrum of channels including print, Web, mobile, radio and television.”

The relaunch of the newspaper comes after an 18-month period of turmoil at the paper that included changes in top management, job and circulation cuts and the elimination of several sections of news coverage. A group of investors operating on behalf of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who founded the newspaper in 1982, purchased the Washington Times last November.

The Washington Times says its increased news coverage in the redesigned paper is accompanied by improvements in its graphics, appearance and legibility as well. The Times says its Commentary section will “continue to offer the opinions and editorials of the nation’s most provocative conservative thinkers and watchdogs, with an eye toward upholding traditional values and principles while keeping politicians and officials of all parties and persuasions honest.”

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