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Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.
“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).
Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.
Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”
Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.
The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.
By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein
The New Republic celebrated its relaunch last night at Bibiana Restaurant where politicos and journalists from print and TV mingled with bigwigs like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.J.) and Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening: Answering the question, “Who is Franklin Foer?”
Meanwhile, we spoke to Publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who was all smiles and relaxed. “I’m feeling super exited, energized,” he said, as we cornered him at the bar. “It’s a big moment for us.” Asked if he’s been sleeping, he replied, “I will sleep tonight.”
At around 7:30 p.m. FishbowlDC approached a man with glasses who we mistook for NYT‘s Nate Silver. We were all ready to ask if he was excited to be in the same room as Politico‘s Dylan Byers, who during the presidential election questioned whether Silver was a “one-term celebrity.”
The mystery man in question had a laugh with two other male attendees before denying that he was Silver. Except then he said he was Silver. Then said he wasn’t. Then someone else said he was. Finally, he identified himself as Franklin Foer, editor of TNR (pictured above). But by that point, we didn’t believe that either.
After consulting Google images, it was revealed that he was indeed Foer. It was our mistake, though Foer did acknowledge that he shares “some Semitic features” with Silver.
In a party speech, Hughes said the challenge ahead is to “produce a magazine 20 times a year that is as good” as the relaunch issue, which features an interview with President Obama. He called the TNR team “the best in the business” and said he wants the magazine to “become financially sustainable in the coming years.” In a moment that drew audible awes from the crowd, he admitted, “The day that Frank Foer agreed to come back to TNR was one of the best days of my life.”
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Quotes of the Day
LOCKED OUT: WaPo’s Dana Milbank: Mayhem at #dnc2012. Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena.
WTF Mars Mention of the Evening: “I always figured if Bill Clinton landed on Mars, he would know how to do it. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He’d just instinctively know how to talk to people…the martians.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at 12:53 a.m. opining on Clinton’s vast reproduction knowledge that extends beyond our solar system. Please, someone put Matthews to bed (no pun intended).
Bill Clinton Speech Fallout
“A significant part of this is off prompter. He is using it as notes.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.
“The prompter has stopped rolling as Clinton goes off book.” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.
“Take away the TelePrompTer, bite his ankle, throw a rat down his trousers, it only raises his game.” — Editor of The New Republic Franklin Foer.
“Bill Clinton is totally ghost ridin’ the script right now.” — Jamelle Bouie, writer for The American Prospect and fellow at the Nation Institute.
“The constant camera flashes in here are going to send Bubba into a seizure #dnc2012″ — Stanton.
“Bubba’s hands are shaking.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.
“I think Bill Clinton is the gun you bring to a knife fight.” — Metro Weekly Co-publisher Sean Bugg.
“Bill Clinton looks great. @peta may be right about the benefits of a vegan diet.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.
“Man, Clinton is happier than a pig in Arkansas you know what.” — James Oliphant, Deputy Editor, National Journal magazine.
“Clinton is the master. He makes a speech to an enormous crowd feel like a personal talk.” — LAT‘s David Horsey.
“I really don’t understand reporters who think this is too long for a politician to be trying to talk to voters about policy.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.
“This speech was killing it at 15 mins. Now, it’s bordering on a hostage situation.” — Co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle S.E. Cupp.
“This is moving from ‘greatest speech ever’ to gong territory pretty fast.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.
“They’re going to need a crowbar to pry Bill away from that podium.” — NYT Op-ed Columnist Charles Blow.
“There’s no way Rahm Emanuel actually thought ‘a broken clock is right twice a day’ was that funny.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.
“This is like watching a good lawyer defending a guilty man.” — Former Clinton pollster Dick Morris.
“Poor fact checkers, now they gotta spend the night studying 52 years of employment data” — Craig Crawford.
“Same R bloggers who were touting Clinton as the ‘good’ Dem for weeks suddenly talking about sex scandal and perjury again.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent.
The Name Dropper
“Caroline Kennedy just walked into our booth. Interview w @DavidMuir #abcworldnews” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.
“PLEASE tell me that Sandra Fluke isn’t wearing a blue Gap dress tonight.” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in a tweet on the night former Prez Bill Clinton is to speak.
INTO THE POOL: “Oops! A wet former treasury secretary Bob Rubin after falling into a pool at a fancy cocktail party in Charlotte.” — Politico‘s Lois Romano with accompanying photograph.
Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. Above black and white photograph by Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
WaPo is reporting that Politics & Prose will soon have new owners — two WaPo reporters.
Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade co-founded the famed bookstore 27 years ago, but decided to put it up for sale when Cohen discovered she had cancer. Cohen died in October. Since then, Meade and Cohen’s husband David had considered a number of serious bids.
The new owners will be two former (and married) WaPo reporters, Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine. Since they left journalism, Graham has written two books and Muscatine has worked as an aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Graham told WaPo: “[Politics and Prose] is an integral part of the Washington community, a community that Lissa and I have served for much of our careers already as journalists, authors and, in Lissa’s case, a senior government staff member. It is a very special culture here, a culture we want to see survive.”
The deal, said to be close to $2 million, is expected to close in 45 days.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2010 – The New Republic announced today that Richard Just has been promoted to editor. Franklin Foer, editor since 2006, has been named editor-at-large. Richard Just joined The New Republic in 2004 as online editor. Since then, he has directed editorial across platforms, also serving as deputy editor, managing editor, and most recently, executive editor. Before joining TNR, he was editor of The American Prospect Online and a writing fellow at The American Prospect.
“It goes without saying that it’s an honor to be at the helm of TNR, which I was devoted to as a reader long before I ever worked here,” said Just. “I want TNR to be the place that proves that the best attributes of magazine journalism—long-form narrative and argument, brilliant cultural criticism, and passionate and informed crusading—can flourish in the new age of journalism, and reach far more readers than ever before.”
Laurence Grafstein, chairman of The New Republic Advisory Board, said, “Richard has been essential to TNR’s editorial accomplishments and recent overall success. The board is especially enthusiastic about his vision for the company and his ability to manage and develop the magazine’s core editorial operations. Frank will retain a key role, and the board is enormously grateful for the unparalleled leadership and journalistic excellence he has provided TNR for the last five years. Frank has shepherded the magazine and website through conditions of turbulence in all corners of the media industry and put the institution in as strong a position as ever.”
Foer will remain at the center of TNR’s editorial operations, covering politics and the 2012 elections for The New Republic’s print and online properties, and will be working on a narrative history of the birth of American liberalism. It will be published by HarperCollins in 2013.
More on Foer after the jump…
Franklin Foer announces his departure from TNR.
“Big news, at least for me. I’m stepping down as TNR editor to very happily rejoin the writing world. It was a very satisfying gig.”
With the debut of “Citizen Cohn,” senior editor and health care expert Jonathan Cohn‘s domestic policy blog, TNR marks the launch of four new blogs in one month.
Citizen Cohn: Covers all walks of domestic policy and the political process with deep reporting and expert analysis.
Entanglements: A foreign policy blog featuring expert contributors, including Andrew Bacevich, David Rieff, David A. Bell, and editor Lawrence F. Kaplan.
The In-House Critics: An experiment in formal disagreement, Michael Kazin and Jim Manzi – critics on the Left and the Right – challenge our editorial coverage to “keep TNR intellectually honest.”
Goal Post: Soccer and geopolitical analysis of the World Cup, featuring Aleksandar Hemon, Daniel Alarcon, and Howard Wolfson, and edited by Editor Franklin Foer, author of the bestselling book How Soccer Explains the World: An (unlikely) theory of globalization.
TNR reports the following:
•Digital advertising revenue increase of 125% (first half of 2010 over first half of 2009)
•Online traffic increase of 45%
•2x increase in online subscriptions
In an act of policing itself, today TNR launches The In-House Critics, a blog that offers regular criticism of itself from the Right and Left.
Editor Franklin Foer explained in a statement that “while disagreement between writers exists in spades on TNR.com, The In-House Critics represents an experiment in formalizing it.”
So they’ve asked Jim Manzi (“several clicks to our right”) and Michael Kazin (“several to our left”) to “regularly disagree with us-to write short pieces that call us out when they see us making dubious intellectual leaps, and to serve as collegial irritants to our assumptions.”
In their debut posts, Manzi evaluates Al Gore’s essay on the oil spill from the June 10 issue. Kazin, meanwhile, tackles Leon Wieseltier’s column on liberal conviction.
See the new blog here. Find out more about Manzi and Kazen after the jump…
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