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The New Republic
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The New Republic cover of February 11, 2013
Editor-in-Chief Win McCormack [1]
EditorChris Lehmann
CategoriesEditorial magazine
Frequency10 per year
PublisherKerrie Gillis
Total circulation
(2013)
50,000 [2]
First issueNovember 7, 1914
Country United States
Based in New York City, New York
LanguageEnglish
Website newrepublic.com OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
ISSN 0028-6583  (print)
2169-2416  (web)

The New Republic is an American magazine of commentary on politics and the arts, published since 1914, with influence on American political and cultural thinking. Founded in 1914 by leaders of the progressive movement, it attempted to find a balance between a humanitarian progressivism and an intellectual scientism, and ultimately discarded the latter. [3] Through the 1980s and '90s, the magazine incorporated elements of the "Third Way" and conservatism. [4]

Contents

In 2014, two years after Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes purchased the magazine, he ousted its editor and attempted to remake its format, operations, and partisan stances, provoking the resignation of the majority of its editors and writers. In early 2016, Hughes announced he was putting the magazine up for sale, indicating the need for "new vision and leadership". [5] [6] It was sold in February 2016 to Win McCormack. [7]

Political views

In its current incarnation, The New Republic is unambiguously to the left and is often critical of the Democratic establishment and strongly in favor of universal health care. Telly Davidson wrote in The American Conservative. "[I]ts love letters to the Bernie Bro and Millennial Marxist movements and its attacks on Hillary and the Democratic establishment from the left, instead of from the right, bring back memories of its decidedly radical days in the ’30s and ’40s.". [8] In May 2019 it published a roundtable on socialism where three of four contributions were favorable, but the owner, Win McCormack, wrote a more dismissive piece. [9] In February 2019 staff writer Alex Shephard wrote that "it doesn’t make political sense to put bumpers on hypothetical policies, which dampens voter enthusiasm. Pragmatism doesn’t track as a legislative argument, either." [10] Staff writer Alex Pareene wrote in June 2019 that "All the while, Democratic leaders continue to campaign and govern from a crouched, defensive position even after they win power. They have bought into the central ideological proposition, peddled by apparatchiks and consultants aligned with the conservative movement, that America is an incorrigibly “center-right” nation, and they have precious little strategy or inclination to move that consensus leftward—to fight, in other words, to change the national consensus; the sort of activity that was once understood as 'politics.' 
" [11]

History

Early years

The New Republic was founded by Herbert Croly, Walter Lippmann, and Walter Weyl through the financial backing of heiress Dorothy Payne Whitney and her husband, Willard Straight, who maintained majority ownership. The magazine's first issue was published on November 7, 1914. The magazine's politics were liberal and progressive, and as such concerned with coping with the great changes brought about by middle-class reform efforts designed to remedy the weaknesses in America's changing economy and society. The magazine is widely considered important in changing the character of liberalism in the direction of governmental interventionism, both foreign and domestic. Amongst the most important of these was the emergence of the U.S. as a great power on the international scene. In 1917, TNR urged America's entry into the Great War on the side of the Allies.

One consequence of World War I was the Russian Revolution of 1917. During the inter-war years, the magazine was generally positive in its assessment of the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin. However, the magazine changed its position after the Cold War began in 1947, and in 1948 its leftist editor, Henry A. Wallace, departed to run for president on the Progressive ticket. After Wallace, TNR moved toward positions more typical of mainstream American liberalism. Throughout the 1950s, the publication was critical of both Soviet foreign policy and domestic anti-communism, particularly McCarthyism. During the 1960s, the magazine opposed the Vietnam War, but was also often critical of the New Left.

Up until the late 1960s, the magazine had a certain "cachet as the voice of re-invigorated liberalism", in the opinion of commentator Eric Alterman. He has criticized the magazine's politics from the left. That cachet, Alterman wrote, "was perhaps best illustrated when the dashing, young President Kennedy had been photographed boarding Air Force One holding a copy". [12]

Peretz ownership and eventual editorship, 1974–1979

In March 1974, the magazine was purchased for $380,000 [12] by Martin Peretz, a lecturer at Harvard University, [13] from Gilbert A. Harrison. [12] Peretz was a veteran of the New Left who had broken with that movement over its support of various Third World liberationist movements, particularly the Palestine Liberation Organization. Harrison continued editing the magazine, expecting Peretz to let him continue running the magazine for three years. But by 1975, when Peretz became annoyed at having his own articles rejected for publication while he was pouring money into the magazine to cover its losses, he fired Harrison. Much of the staff, including Walter Pincus, Stanley Karnow, and Doris Grumbach, was either fired or quit, being replaced largely by recent Harvard graduates lacking in journalistic experience. Peretz became the editor and served in that post until 1979. In 1980 it endorsed the moderate Republican John B. Anderson, running as an independent, rather than the Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter. As other editors were appointed,Peretz remained editor-in-chief until 2012. [12]

Kinsley and Hertzberg editorships, 1979–1991

Michael Kinsley, a neoliberal (in the American sense of the term), was editor (1979–1981; 1985–1989), alternating twice with Hendrik Hertzberg (1981–1985; 1989–1991), who has been called "an old-fashioned social democrat".[ citation needed ] Kinsley was 28 years old when he first became editor, and was still in law school. [12]

Writers for the magazine during this era included neoliberals Mickey Kaus and Jacob Weisberg along with Charles Krauthammer, Fred Barnes, Morton Kondracke, Sidney Blumenthal, Robert Kuttner, Ronald Steel, Michael Walzer, and Irving Howe. [12]

During the 1980s the magazine generally supported President Ronald Reagan's anti-Communist foreign policy, including provision of aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. It has also supported both Gulf Wars and, reflecting its belief in the moral efficacy of American power, intervention in "humanitarian" crises, such as those in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo during the Yugoslav wars.

It was widely considered a "must read" across the political spectrum. An article in Vanity Fair judged TNR "the smartest, most impudent weekly in the country," and the "most entertaining and intellectually agile magazine in the country." According to Alterman, the magazine's prose could sparkle and the contrasting views within its pages were "genuinely exciting". He added, "The magazine unarguably set the terms of debate for insider political elites during the Reagan era." [12]

The magazine won the respect of many conservative opinion leaders. Twenty copies were sent by messenger to the Reagan White House each Thursday afternoon. Norman Podhoretz called the magazine "indispensable", and George Will said it was "currently the nation's most interesting and most important political journal." National Review described it as "one of the most interesting magazines in the United States." [12]

Credit for its influence was often attributed to Kinsley, whose wit and critical sensibility were seen as enlivening, and Hertzberg, a writer for The New Yorker and speechwriter for Jimmy Carter.

Hertzberg and Kinsley alternated as editor and as the author of the magazine's lead column, "TRB from Washington". Its perspective was described as left-of-center in 1988. [14]

A final ingredient that led to the magazine's increased stature in the 1980s was its "back of the book" or literary, cultural and arts pages, which were edited by Leon Wieseltier. Peretz discovered Wieseltier, then working at Harvard's Society of Fellows, and put him in charge of the section. Wieseltier reinvented the section along the lines of The New York Review of Books , allowing his critics, many of them academics, to write longer, critical essays instead of simple book reviews. Alterman calls the selection of Wieseltier "probably [...] Peretz's single most significant positive achievement" in running the magazine. During other changes of editors, Wieseltier remained as cultural editor. Under him the section was "simultaneously erudite and zestful," according to Alterman." [12]

Sullivan editorship, 1991–1996

In 1991, Andrew Sullivan, a 28-year-old, gay, self-described conservative from Britain, became editor. He took the magazine in a somewhat more conservative direction, though the majority of writers remained liberal or neo-liberal. Hertzberg soon left the magazine to return to The New Yorker. Kinsley left the magazine in 1996 to found the online magazine Slate . [12]

In 1994, Sullivan invited Charles Murray to contribute a 10,000-word article, excerpted from his coauthored book The Bell Curve . The article, which contended that "African Americans score differently from whites on standardized tests of cognitive ability" proved to be very controversial; it was published in a special issue together with many responses and critiques. [15] The magazine also published a very critical article by Elizabeth McCaughey about the Clinton Administration's health care plan, commonly known as "Hillarycare" due to its close association with First Lady Hillary Clinton. Alterman described this article as "dishonest, misinformed", and "the single most influential article published in the magazine during the entire Clinton presidency", [12] while James Fallows of The Atlantic noted the article's inaccuracies and said that "The White House issued a point-by-point rebuttal, which The New Republic did not run. Instead it published a long piece by McCaughey attacking the White House statement." [16] Sullivan also published a number of pieces by Camille Paglia. [12]

Ruth Shalit, a young writer for the magazine in the Sullivan years, was repeatedly criticized for plagiarism. After the Shalit scandals, the magazine began using fact-checkers during Sullivan's time as editor. One was Stephen Glass. When later working as a reporter, he was later found to have made up quotes, anecdotes and facts in his own articles. [12]

Kelly, Lane, Beinart, Foer, Just editorships, 1996–2012

After Sullivan stepped down in 1996, David Greenberg and Peter Beinart served jointly as Acting Editors. After the 1996 election, Michael Kelly served as editor for a year. During his tenure as editor and afterward, Kelly, who also wrote the TRB column, was intensely critical of President Clinton. [12] Writer Stephen Glass had been a major contributor under Kelly's editorship; Glass was later shown to have falsified and fabricated numerous stories, which was admitted by The New Republic after an investigation by Kelly's successor, Charles Lane. Kelly had consistently supported Glass during his tenure, including sending scathing letters to those challenging the veracity of Glass's stories. [17]

Chuck Lane held the editor's position between 1997 and 1999. During Lane's tenure, the Stephen Glass scandal occurred. Peretz has written that Lane ultimately "put the ship back on its course," for which Peretz said he was "immensely grateful." But Peretz later fired Lane, who learned of his ouster when a Washington Post reporter called him for a comment. [12] (These events were later dramatized in the feature film Shattered Glass , adapted from a 1998 report by H.G. Bissinger.)

Peter Beinart, a third editor who took over when he was 28 years old, [12] followed Lane. He served as editor from 1999 to 2006.

In the early aughts, the TNR added the weblogs &c., Iraq'd, and Easterblogg, replaced in 2005 with the sole blog The PlankThe Stump was added in 2007 and covered the 2008 Presidential Election.

The magazine remained well known, with references to it occasionally popping up in popular culture. Lisa Simpson was once portrayed as a subscriber to The New Republic for Kids. Matt Groening, The Simpsons' creator, once drew a cover for TNR. [18] In the pilot episode of the HBO series Entourage, which first aired on July 18, 2004, Ari Gold asks Eric Murphy: "Do you read The New Republic? Well, I do, and it says that you don't know what the fuck you're talking about."

Franklin Foer took over from Beinart in March 2006. In the magazine's first editorial under Foer, it said "We've become more liberal … We've been encouraging Democrats to dream big again on the environment and economics [...]". [12] Foer is the brother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated (2002).

Other prominent writers who edited or wrote for the magazine in these years include senior editor and TRB columnist Jonathan Chait, Lawrence F. Kaplan, John Judis and Spencer Ackerman. [12]

Political stances in the Peretz era

The New Republic gradually became less and less leftwing in the first two decades of the Peretz era, culminating in the editorship of the "race realist" conservative Andrew Sullivan. Writers like Anne Kossedd and Steven Rendall, contended that it was not as liberal as it had been before 1974. [19] The magazine's outlook was associated with the Democratic Leadership Council and "New Democrats" such as former US President Bill Clinton and Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, who received the magazine's endorsement in the 2004 Democratic primary.

In the last decade of Peretz ownership the magazine gradually became more leftwing while still being more moderate and hawkish than conventional liberal periodicals. Typical of some of the policies supported by both The New Republic and the DLC during the 1990s were increased funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit program and reform of the Federal welfare system, and supply-side economics, especially the idea of reducing higher marginal income tax rates, which in the later Peretz years received heavy criticism from senior editor Jonathan Chait. [20]

Foreign policy stances in the Peretz era

Support for Israel was a strong theme: "Support for Israel is deep down an expression of America's best view of itself. " [12] According to journalism professor Eric Alterman:

Nothing has been as consistent about the past 34 years of The New Republic as the magazine's devotion to Peretz's own understanding of what is good for Israel... It is really not too much to say that almost all of Peretz's political beliefs are subordinate to his commitment to Israel's best interests, and these interests as Peretz defines them almost always involve more war. [12]

Unsigned editorials prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq expressed strong support for military action, citing the threat of weapons of mass destruction as well as humanitarian concerns. In the first years of the war, while critical of the handling of the war, editorials continued to justify the invasion on humanitarian grounds, but no longer maintained that Iraq's WMD facilities posed any threat to the United States. In the November 27, 2006 issue, the editors wrote:

At this point, it seems almost beside the point to say this: The New Republic deeply regrets its early support for this war. The past three years have complicated our idealism and reminded us of the limits of American power and our own wisdom. [21]

Peretz sells remaining shares, then buys magazine back from CanWest

Until February 2007, The New Republic was owned by Martin Peretz, New York financiers Roger Hertog and Michael Steinhardt, and Canadian media conglomerate Canwest. [22]

In late February 2007, Peretz sold his share of the magazine to CanWest, which announced that a subsidiary, CanWest Media Works International, had acquired a full interest in the publication. Peretz retained his position as editor-in-chief. [23]

In March 2009, Peretz and a group of investors, led by former Lazard executive Laurence Grafstein and that also included Michael Alter, [24] bought the magazine back from CanWest, which was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Frank Foer continued as editor—the person responsible for the day-to-day management of the magazine—and Peretz remained editor-in-chief. [25]

New format

Starting with the March 19, 2007 issue, the magazine implemented major changes:

Chris Hughes ownership and editorial crisis, 2012–2016

On March 9, 2012, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, was introduced as the New Republic's majority owner and Editor-in-Chief. [28] Under Hughes, the magazine became less focused on "The Beltway", with more cultural coverage and attention to visuals. It stopped running an editorial in every issue. Media observers noted a less uniformly pro-Israel tone in the magazine's coverage (in contrast to its editorial stance during Marty Peretz's ownership). [29]

On December 4, 2014, Gabriel Snyder, previously of Gawker and Bloomberg, replaced Franklin Foer as editor. The magazine was reduced from twenty issues per year to ten and the editorial offices would move from Penn Quarter, Washington DC to New York, where it would be reinvented as a “vertically integrated digital-media company.” [30] These changes provoked a major crisis among the publication's editorial staff and contributing editors. The magazine’s literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, resigned in protest. Subsequent days brought many more resignations, including those of executive editors Rachel Morris and Greg Veis; nine of the magazine’s eleven active senior writers; legal-affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen; the digital-media editor; six culture writers and editors; and thirty-six out of thirty-eight contributing editors (including Paul Berman, Jonathan Chait, William Deresiewicz, Ruth Franklin, Anthony Grafton, Enrique Krauze, Ryan Lizza, Sacha Z. Scoblic, Helen Vendler, Sean Wilentz). In all, two-thirds of the names on the editorial masthead were gone. [30]

The mass resignations forced the magazine to suspend its December 2014 edition. Previously a weekly for most of its history, immediately before suspension it was published 10 times per year [31] with a circulation of approximately 50,000. [2] The company went back to publishing twenty issues a year, and editor Gabriel Snyder worked with staff to reshape it.

In the wake of the editorial crisis, Hughes indicated that he intended to stay with The New Republic over the long term, telling an NPR interviewer of his desire to make sure the magazine could produce quality journalism "hopefully for decades to come". [32] He published an open letter about his "commitment" to give the magazine "a new mandate for a new century." [33] But on January 11, 2016, Hughes put The New Republic up for sale. [34] In another open letter, he said, "After investing a great deal of time, energy, and over $20 million, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for new leadership and vision at The New Republic." [35]

Win McCormack ownership, 2016 to present

In February 2016, Win McCormack bought the magazine from Hughes [7] , naming Eric Bates, the former executive editor of Rolling Stone , as editor. In September 2017, Bates was demoted from his leadership role to a masthead title of "editor at large". J.J. Gould then served as editor for just over a year [36] until December 2018. In November 2017, Hamilton Fish V, the publisher since McCormack's acquisition of the magazine, resigned amid allegations of workplace misconduct. [37] Kerrie Gillis was named publisher in February 2019 [38] and Chris Lehmann, formerly the editor in chief of The Baffler , [39] was named editor April 9th 2019. [40] . Within months his management style faced public criticism [41] [42] for his hiring process of an Inequality Editor, posted on June 28th. Within weeks, another scandal erupted with Lehmann facing even harsher criticism from the public and from the media for his decision to publish a controversial op-ed by Dale Peck called "My Mayor Pete Problem." The op-ed was retracted, with Lehmann commenting in a separate statement; "The New Republic recognizes that this post crossed a line, and while it was largely intended as satire, it was inappropriate and invasive." [43]

Circulation

The New Republic's average paid circulation for 2009 was 53,485 copies per issue, a decline of over 47 percent since 2000.[ needs update ]

The New Republic average monthly paid circulation
YearAvg. Paid Circ.% Change
2000 [44] 101,651
2001 [44] 88,409−13.0
2002 [45] 85,069−3.8
2003 [46] 63,139−25.8
2004 [47] 61,675−2.3
2005 [48] 61,771+0.2
2006 [49] 61,024−1.2
2007 [50] 59,779−2.0
2008 [51] 65,162+9.0
2009 [51] 53,485−18.0
2010 [52] NRNR

The New Republic's last reported circulation numbers to media auditor BPA Worldwide were for the six months ending on June 30, 2009.

Online

According to Quantcast, the TNR website received roughly 120,000 visitors in April 2008, and 962,000 visitors in April 2012. By June 9, 2012, the TNR website's monthly page visits dropped to 421,000 in the U.S. and 521,000 globally. [53] As of April 16, 2014, the TNR website's Quantcast webpage contains the following messages: "This publisher has not implemented Quantcast Measurement. Data is estimated and not verified by Quantcast...," and "We do not have enough information to provide a traffic estimate...," and "Traffic data unavailable until this site becomes quantified." [54] Demographically, data show that visitors tend to be well educated (76% being college graduates, with 33% having a graduate degree), relatively affluent (55% having a household income of over $60,000 and 31% having a six figure income), white (83%), and more likely to be male (61%). Eighty two percent were at least 35 years old with 38% being over the age of 50. [55]

Controversies

Michael Straight

New Republic editor Michael Whitney Straight (1948 to 1956) was later discovered to be a spy for the KGB, recruited into the same network as Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, and Anthony Blunt. [56] Straight's espionage activities began at Cambridge during the 1930s; he later claimed that they ceased during World War II. Later, shortly before serving in the Kennedy administration, he revealed his past ties and turned in fellow spy Anthony Blunt. In return for his cooperation, his own involvement was kept secret and he continued to serve in various capacities for the US Government until he retired. Straight admitted his involvement in his memoirs; however, subsequent documents obtained from the former KGB after the fall of the Soviet Union indicated that he drastically understated the extent of his espionage activities. [57] [58]

Ruth Shalit plagiarism

In 1995, writer Ruth Shalit was fired for repeated incidents of plagiarism and an excess of factual errors in her articles. [59]

Stephen Glass scandal

In 1998, features writer Stephen Glass was revealed in a Forbes Digital investigation to have fabricated a story called "Hack Heaven". A TNR investigation found that most of Glass' stories had used or been based on fabricated information. The story of Glass' fall and TNR editor Chuck Lane's handling of the scandal was dramatized in the 2003 film Shattered Glass , based on a 1998 article in Vanity Fair . [60]

Lee Siegel

In 2006, long-time contributor, critic, and senior editor Lee Siegel, who had maintained a blog on the TNR site dedicated primarily to art and culture, was revealed by an investigation to have collaborated in posting comments to his own blog under an alias aggressively praising Siegel, attacking his critics and claiming not to be Lee Siegel when challenged by an anonymous detractor on his blog. [61] [62] The blog was removed from the website and Siegel was suspended from writing for the print magazine. [63] He resumed writing for TNR in April 2007. Siegel was also controversial for his coinage "blogofascists" which he applied to "the entire political blogosphere", though with an emphasis on leftwing or center-left bloggers such as Daily Kos and Atrios. [64]

Spencer Ackerman

In 2006, associate editor Spencer Ackerman was fired by editor Franklin Foer. Describing it as a "painful" decision, Foer attributed the firing to Ackerman's "insubordination": disparaging the magazine on his personal blog, [65] saying that he would "skullfuck" a terrorist's corpse at an editorial meeting if that was required to "establish his anti-terrorist bona fides" and sending Foer an e-mail where he said—in what according to Ackerman was intended to be a joke—he would “make a niche in your skull” with a baseball bat. Ackerman, by contrast, argued that the dismissal was due to “irreconcilable ideological differences.” He believed that his leftward drift as a result of the Iraq War and the actions of the Bush administration was not appreciated by the senior editorial staff. [66] Within 24 hours of being fired by The New Republic, Ackerman was hired as a senior correspondent for a rival magazine, The American Prospect .

Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy

In July 2007, after The New Republic published an article by an American soldier in Iraq titled "Shock Troops", allegations of inadequate fact-checking were leveled against the magazine. Critics alleged that the piece contained inconsistent details indicative of fabrication. The identity of the anonymous soldier, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, was revealed. Beauchamp was married to Elspeth Reeve, one of the magazine's three fact-checkers. As a result of the controversy, the New Republic and the United States Army launched investigations, reaching different conclusions. [67] [68] [69] In an article titled "The Fog of War", published on December 1, 2007, Franklin Foer wrote that the magazine could no longer stand behind the stories written by Beauchamp. [70] [71]

Leon Wieseltier controversy

On October 24, 2017, Leon Wieseltier, a former literary editor at The New Republic (from 1983 until his resignation in 2014), admitted to “offenses against some of my colleagues in the past” after several women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate advances. [72]

Buttigieg article

On July 12, 2019, Dale Peck wrote an article for The New Republic critical of Pete Buttigieg, a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries in which he repeatedly referred to Buttigieg as "Mary Pete", which he described as the "gay equivalent of Uncle Tom", saying, "Pete and I are just not the same kind of gay." The article went on to describe Buttigieg as a "fifteen-year-old boy in a Chicago bus station wondering if it's a good idea to go home with a fifty-year-old man so that he'll finally understand what he is." [73] The piece was harshly received by media figures [74] and the center of a public outcry. [75]

Editors

  1. Herbert Croly (1914–1930)
  2. Bruce Bliven (1930–1946)
  3. Henry A. Wallace (1946–1948)
  4. Michael Straight (1948–1956)
  5. Gilbert A. Harrison (1956–1975)
  6. Martin Peretz (1975–1979)
  7. Michael Kinsley (1979–1981; 1985–1989)
  8. Hendrik Hertzberg (1981–1985; 1989–1991)
  9. Andrew Sullivan (1991–1996)
  10. Michael Kelly (1996–1997)
  11. Charles Lane (1997–1999)
  12. Peter Beinart (1999–2006)
  13. Franklin Foer (2006–2010; 2012–2014)
  14. Richard Just (2010–2012)
  15. Gabriel Snyder (2014–2016)
  16. Eric Bates (2016–2017)
  17. J. J. Gould (2017–2018)
  18. Chris Lehmann (2019–current)

Before Wallace's appointment in 1946, the masthead listed no single editor in charge but gave an editorial board of four to eight members. Walter Lippmann, Edmund Wilson, and Robert Morss Lovett, among others, served on this board at various times. The names given above are the first editor listed in each issue, always the senior editor of the team.

Notable contributors

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1943–1983

1950s–1970s

1980s–1990s

1990s–present

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