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A Century of The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton

The New Republic celebrated 100 years of powerful, innovative and thought-provoking journalism on Wednesday night, with a guest list that can be described in equal terms. From keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton, to speeches from the publication’s Chris Hughes (owner, publisher and editor-in-chief), Frank Foer (editor), and Leon Wieseltier (literary editor), even a performance from Grammy-winning jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis, the evening was filled with a spirit of cultural and civic optimism.

Not to diminish from the rest of the evening, but the former president’s speech was certainly the highlight of the gala and was nothing short of captivating. Touching on everything from the early 20th Century and the World Wars, the human genome, income inequality, immigration, education, to “identity politics” (i.e. ethnic/religious bigotry) of ISIS, Russia, and Boko Haram; he was somehow able to tie it all together, as only he could.

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Daily Beast Loses Another One -Peter Beinart to Atlantic

sinking shipPeter Beinart is leaving The Daily Beast for Atlantic Media. The “liberal Jewish blogger” (a bit on the nose, don’t ya think, Byers?) will be contributing to both the National Journal‘s magazine and TheAtlantic.com, according to National Journal spokeswoman Emma Angerer.

This follows on the heels of the inimitable Tina Brown‘s exit from The Beast  in September, and the October massacre of more than two dozen writers and editors. Andrew Sullivan (who apparently is moving to DC -welcome back, old chap!) exited earlier this year.

Now taking bets on how long before Barry Diller is doing his own reporting and changing the light bulbs.

Sighting: Andrew Sullivan Pacing

Want to know where to look for conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan, who writes The Dish?

On some days, such as one afternoon late last week, he was pacing outside Starbucks in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington talking on his cell phone. The topics of his conversation included (in no particular order): policy innovation, gay marriage and his brother’s birthday.

Not that we were eavesdropping or anything.

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Morning Chatter

Rocky radio interview

“That moment when your son stumbles into the room during your radio interview. . . #franticgestures #silentscream” — the Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

A D.C. journo reacts to MSNBC host’s tampon earrings

“Melissa Harris Perry quite literally the most unserious person ever, dons tampon earrings because she’s a ridiculous person” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Our AnonymASS tipster stays on the faux David Gregory beat … “Spotted: David Gregory in Safeway carbonated beverage aisle boning up for lead-off question in upcoming FishbowlDC interview”

Other views on the royal birth

“A future king was born today. One day he could grow up and marry a prince!” — Daily Dish writer Andrew Sullivan.

“Could there be anything more delicious than “The Newsroom,” which is a parody of itself, parodying coverage of royal baby? Can’t wait.” — Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.

Writer unravels her feelings

“ESTOY ENOJADA OK? CONTIGO, CONMIGO, CON TODOS DUDES and oh shit it’s probably just that thing I read on Slate whatever.” — Freelance journo Moe Tkacik. (Loose translation: I am mad, ok? With you. With me. With all dudes.)

Journo Love

“Excited beyond words to see @McCollumAshley tonight!” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green in reference to BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum. Time he wrote this: 6:07 a.m.

Reminder: Tonight NYT‘s author Mark Leibovich appears at Politics & Prose Book Shop at 7 p.m. to discuss This Town.

Speaking of This Town…

“Reading This Town, finally. The description of the news cycle feels a bit quaint — like it is frozen in time from 2008.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

WaPo Paywall Hits Stages of Grief

Earlier this month, following (as usual?) the NYTWaPo’s metered paywall went up. Now you get just 20 free articles before having to pay a minimum of $9.99 a month.

While this approach is working well for NYT and even now-independent blogger Andrew Sullivan, one does wonder what will happen when the entire media old guard is walled away. Will the average news consumer consider it something worth paying for, or will still free, less-established sources become the go-to and the vanguard?

Personally, WaPo’s paywall has not yet been much of a problem as we try to avoid the technological deathtrap any more than is necessary. But, it does seem seem some normal folks out there are starting to run up against it. We’re no psychologists, but we think we’re starting to see some of the stages of grief play out in social media.

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Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

Jetsetter: The Week’s Taegan Goddard is back from vacation in Morocco with a new post, as promised, at The Cloakroom, and he admits  should’ve sent us all a postcard while he was away! “Reports of my early retirement are premature. I made the editorial decision that blogging at The Week about the political affairs of Morocco on vacation might not meet readers’ expectations,” he wrote. A worried tipster wrote in yesterday wondering what was going on with The Cloakroom, as it seemed someone had shut the door and turned out the lights over the last few months—but, Goddard says all is well. Welcome back. He’s also got that relatively new Wonkwire blog at CQ Roll Call so he’s quite the busy bee.

The suit will go on: It doesn’t seem to have gotten a whole lot of attention, but last week a federal appeals court ruled that former Agriculture Department worker Shirley Sherrod can continue with her defamation lawsuit against the late Andrew Breitbart and aide Larry O’Connor. An appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to not dismiss the case, even though O’Connor says that the video of Sherrod that Breitbart published—which made it look like she was saying racist things when she wasn’t—was protected speech. The appeal was denied on a technicality and not the merit of the claim. As a result, it’s probably a disappointing ruling for some news organizations who’d argued in friend of the court briefs that DC’s anti-SLAPP statute (short for strategic lawsuits against public participation) should apply. The statute, though, didn’t become law until a month after Sherrod’s suit was filed.

Take a lesson, news execs: Andrew Sullivan has been on the move a lot lately. He went from The Atlantic to The Daily Beast and then, finally, to complete independence when he took his insanely popular blog The Dish and let it stand on its own, relying on readers and a metered-content and subscription payment processor to pay the bills. There are no ads. Well, this week, after six months of an independent Dish, Sullivan says he’s got almost 27,000 paying subscribers and that the site is on track to hit revenue targets for the year—targets that are almost as high as its yearly budget at The Daily Beast. And, if everyone who runs up against the paywall after clicking-through on five free articles would subscribe, that would immediately double the number of paying readers. The real test, though, is going to be when those first 27,000 are up for renewal after a year. Will they click the pay button again? What’s most interesting about this though is that Sullivan is being completely transparent about the finances, and that seems to work in his favor. He’s posted all kinds of charts, graphs and conversion rates for the first six months, stuff most news orgs guard better than they do national security secrets. We hate to say time will tell to see if this experiment will work out for Sullivan, but in this case it really will.

Andrew Sullivan Takes Up For Nate Silver

In an interview with TNR‘s Isaac Chatiner published Tuesday, Politico co-founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei took swipes at Nate Silver, the number-crunching NY Times journalist who correctly predicted all 50 states’ outcome in the 2012 presidential election.

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TPM’s Marshall Evolves on Marijuana

In a recent interview with The Denver Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that since the voters had spoken, the federal government should stop fighting its repeal and accept the fact that recreational use of pot is the law of the land in Colorado.

In response, TPM’s Josh Marhsall posted this piece titled “Is Pelosi Nuts.” Marshall seems to suggest that by Pelosi welcoming the Colorado vote, she’s opening the door to complete chaos. Marshall believes that “federal supremacy is the bedrock of our governmental system,” therefore states making laws that contradict federal law is a slippery slope. The issue of marijuana legalization has been a tough one for Marshall.

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So Far, So Good For Sullivan

A few days ahead of the official launch of AndrewSullivan.com, the site has pulled in $480,000 in subscriptions, according to Washingtonian. Andrew Sullivan, the site’s creator, told the magazine that half of the early subscribers gave more than the $19.99 fee he’s charging for select content.

Sullivan announced at the start of this year via his current spot at The Daily Beast that he and his crew were packing up to do things the independent way. “We felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism,” he wrote. “We also felt we almost had a duty to try and see if we could help break some new ground.”

Whether Sullivan can maintain the current momentum after the blog launches Feb. 4 remains to be seen. But so far, so good.

Andrew Sullivan Says Adios to Daily Beast

 Andrew Sullivan is leaving The Daily Beast and taking his operation to a “reader-supported model” that will charge readers $19.99 a year for access. Before The Daily Beast, Sullivan partnered with TIME and The Atlantic. By the way, if you think his blog operation is worth more, you will also be able to pay more than $19.99 if you so desire.

See the report by Talking Points Memo.

In a letter to readers on The Daily Beast today, Sullivan rambles on for seven graphs before he announces that he’s taking his blog, The Daily Dish, solo… Read more

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