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Report: New Republic Loses Two Editors After Clashes With Owner

By    |   Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 05:53 PM

Whether it's a clash over new digital Internet directions for a venerable political magazine or conflicts over political direction, The New Republic will be continuing on its way without the presence of top editor Franklin Foer and literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, who both have resigned.

Politico reports that the pair jumped ship over disagreements with owner Chris Hughes, the multimillionaire Facebook co-founder and recent hire Guy Vidra, former Yahoo News executive.

In an interview with The New York Times, Hughes commented, “Twenty years ago, no question, it was a political magazine, full stop. Today, I don’t call it a magazine at all. I think we’re a digital media company."

The century-old liberal magazine, the Times noted, will be relocating from Washington to New York and cutting its publication schedule in half, from 20 annual issues to just 10, according to a memo from Vidra to the staff, which stated, "New York was the original home of The New Republic, and we’re thrilled to further expand our presence here."

In a goodbye memo, Foer told The New  Republic staff, "I’ve always had a hard time imagining leaving here. That moment, however, has arrived. Chris and Guy have significant plans for this place. And their plans and my own vision for TNR meaningfully diverge," Politico reported.

Foer helmed The New Republic for a decade before resigning once before, but returned to the top editor slot in 2012 when Hughes purchased the magazine. At the time, he said the new role "doesn't feel like I'm going back to my old job," the Huffington Post reported.

Foer commented in his memo to the staff, "The New Republic has been one of the great loves of my life a set of ideas, a history, a collection of people I revere. I grew up here, made my best friends here, and learned so many profound lessons about the world in the process.

"Part of the joy has been the struggle: We’ve fought to preserve an institution that was perpetually imperiled. It’s been hairy at moments, no doubt, but also exhilarating and immense fun. I’ve had an especially wonderful time these past two and half years. We’ve published essays and journalism that have actually, in moments, changed the world, or at least people’s opinions about the world," Politico reported.

When The New Republic began publishing under Hughes' ownership, Martin Peretz, previous owner of the magazine for 35 years, said he didn't recognize it.

In an article in The Wall Street Journal, Peretz complained, "The magazine wasn't supposed to be a White House siphon. The big media transmit Mr. Obama's views to the public every day, twice and three times a day."

He noted that Hughes ran Obama's social media campaign in the 2008 election and added, "The president is an object of fealty at The New Republic in a way that Woodrow Wilson and even Franklin Roosevelt never were."

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