About The Washington Monthly

"The Washington Monthly is a new magazine with a new purpose--to help you understand our system of politics and government, where it breaks down, why it breaks down, and what can be done to make it work."

~Statement of intent published with the first issue in 1969


Who We Are

It's never just politics as usual in the pages of The Washington Monthly. Ever since editor-in-chief Charles Peters founded the magazine in 1969, the Monthly has dissected the Beltway establishment to identify what's wrong with Washington and how we can fix it. The Monthly is a primer for political analysis; "indispensable," according to The New York Times ---both for citizens who want to stay abreast of key political issues and for the nation's leading journalists who need to stay ahead of trends in the capitol. We publish thoughtful assessments of government rather than controversy without context. We avoid stories laced with political spindoctoring, instead opting for what Time calls "myth piercing reporting, and clear eyed opinion."

What We Do

We write the stories other reporters miss. The Monthly's writers and editors continually draw on a vast well of inside knowledge to provide information that active citizens need to know, but won't find in the mainstream media. While the capitol's press corps zeroed in on Bob Dole's "mean streak", former editor Joshua Wolf Shenk scrutinized Dole's 35-year legislative record and determined where Dole really stood on the issues average voters care about. And, as the press zealously pursued the trail of the Whitewater affair, editor Amy Waldman uncovered the real story---that Whitewater is a machination sustained by the Republicans in order to embed the Clinton administration in scandal.

The Monthly doesn't just recycle the superficial mantras of politics; "reinventing government," "family values"---that citizens already know and are tired of hearing. We report the bottom line of political action; The Nation says the Monthly is "an indispensable decoder and deconstructor of the men and myths governing our nation's capitol." When Clinton was mauled by the press during the first half of his tenure, we compared his record with Harry Truman and revealed that Clinton had accomplished more for the average American during his first two years than Truman. At the signs of the first rumblings in the 1996 presidential campaign, when other media institutions had gunned their scandal machines, we published a special report on the questions reporters should ask, but probably wouldn't.

Where We Stand

Our goal is to make government work for those it was designed to serve---America's citizens, not its bureaucrats. We offer solutions to make it happen, from how to fix our nation's schools to what organizational techniques can be adapted from corporate America into the government. We champion traditions of service, caring for the weak, and giving the American citizen opportunities for advancement in today's society. We do not advocate pursuing these ideals by pouring money into bloated government programs that do not achieve results. The values we promote are not based on partisan rhetoric, but upon common sense, and decency.


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