(AP) The Rev. Sun Myung Moon and a crowd of 3,000 celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Washington Times, which he founded.
“It’s been said that journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space,” Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., toasting the newspaper’s success, said at the gala Tuesday night. “The Washington Times is exceptional in that it fills that space well.”
Moon, the 82-year-old leader of the Unification Church, started the Times May 17, 1982, nine months after The Washington Star closed. The Times has a daily circulation of 110,120 and strong following among conservatives for its editorial philosophy. Moon has invested more than $1 billion in his News World Communications, which recently bought United Press International.
Moon delivered an hour-long address in Korean with a printed version in English given to guests. The address was titled “The Life of Jesus as Seen from God’s Will, and God’s Warning to the Present Age, the Period of the Last Days.”
“I hope that The Washington Times, UPI, and other major media will accept this lofty command from Heaven and take up the task of educating humankind, taking a stance beyond religion and ideology,” said Moon.
Among guests at the celebration were talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger; Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.; Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill.; former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger; former Times editor Arnaud de Borchgrave; former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore; and singer Randy Travis.
“We are here to celebrate a two-newspaper town,” said Cal Thomas, a syndicated columnist carried by the Times.