Could the news of this world be influenced by the Moon? News World Communications is a newspaper publishing company owned by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. The company publishes The Washington Times, the conservative rival to the Washington Post (published by The Washington Post Company) in the Washington, DC, area. It also produces international publication The Middle East Times (Cairo) and GolfStyles magazine. In addition to its publishing activities, News World Communications owns news service United Press International. Moon began publishing the Times in 1982.
Unlike some of its rivals in the newspaper business, the Times managed to avoid some of pain of the industry's slow and steady decline thanks in part to subsidies from Moon's Unification Church. The economics of the newspaper business finally caught up to News World Communications in 2009, however, as the Times made significant staff cuts in order to reduce expenses. At the same time, the company has suffered unrest in its executive leadership. Sam Dealey was named editor of the Times in early 2010, replacing John Solomon who resigned. President and publisher Jonathan Slevin was ousted later that year. He had taken the post the previous year during a shakeup that saw chairman Dong Moon Joo and Times publisher Thomas McDevitt removed.