During the 1980s, The Washington Times became a valuable resource for those who wanted know what was on President Ronald Reagan’s mind — or how to influence his thinking.
On June 21, 1984, the president urged students from the National YMCA Youth Governors Conference to read The Times to learn how their government worked.
“And if you really want to get some history on this when you leave here,” he said at a ceremony in the Rose Garden, “get a copy of The Washington Times.”
Mr. Reagan held up that day’s Commentary section. “You’ll find some very interesting reading and, at the same time, you’ll have a complete knowledge of what the history of our attempts has been down through the years,” he told the young leaders.
After The Times published a pointed editorial on the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking, Mr. Reagan ordered U.S. jet fighters to intercept an Egyptian airliner that was carrying the Palestinian hijackers to safety.
Time magazine credited The Washington Times‘ editorial with stiffening the president’s resolve.
SPECIAL COVERAGE: Freedom, family, faith: Celebrating 40 years of The Washington Times
In 1986, Fortune magazine reported that The Times was one of five newspapers Mr. Reagan read daily before his first meeting at 9 a.m.
Mr. Reagan’s steadfast opposition to communism meshed with that of the founders of The Washington Times, which chronicled and revealed communist threats and aggressions around the world throughout the 1980s.
The first decade at The Times ended with the widespread collapse of communism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, momentous events that the newspaper thoroughly recorded for posterity.
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— Former Vice President Dick Cheney
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— Former Sen. Rick Santorum
“Congratulations to The Washington Times for celebrating 40 years. A free and open press is as fundamental an institution to a healthy democracy as the Constitution or rule of law.”
— Former Secretary of State
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— Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
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— Michael McCurry, Clinton White House spokesman
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— Former Indiana Rep. Dan Burton
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— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
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— Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper
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— CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp
“The Washington Times fills an important void in our nation’s capital, bringing much-needed accountability to the federal government. For 40 years, Americans have benefited from The Times’ journalism.”
— Mercedes Schlapp, CPAC senior fellow and co-host of “CPAC NOW: America Uncanceled”
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— Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa
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— Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute
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