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Both sides in the New Republic meltdown are wrong about the magazine

by Bill Hayes

The New Republic, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary as a print magazine, is in an uproar. Its senior staff resigned en masse, it is reducing the number of its yearly issues from 20 to 10, and it will not be able to publish its next issue on time. Michael Hiltzik, a Los Angeles Times business columnist, argues that Both sides in the New Republic meltdown are wrong about the magazine.

Considering how devoted everyone involved in the meltdown of The New Republic is to the principles of trenchant journalism and lucid policy analysis, the most remarkable thing about the event is how obtuse they all are about the magazine’s past, present and future.

That includes not only Chris Hughes, the youthful multimillionaire owner of the century-old TNR and the instigator of the uproar, but the army of current and former writers and editors who resigned en masse last week or otherwise expressed their fury with the Hughes regime. In brief, the magazine’s past isn’t quite as glorious as the departing staff makes out, and its future is unlikely to be saved by the draconian vision Hughes seems to offer.

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