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The List of TNR Resignations Grows Amid Shake Up

It’s been a really, really bad week for The New Republic.

Following the resignation of Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier on Thursday, a slew of senior and contributing editors took to Twitter to announce that they would be following suit.

The shakeup comes a month after new leadership took over the progressive magazine.

The new CEO, Guy Vidra, former general manager for Yahoo News, and publisher/editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, reportedly wanted to take TNR in a new direction that didn’t align with the editors’ vision for the publication. The disagreement ultimately led to Foer and Wieseltier’s resignations…and now plenty of others. Read more

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Franklin Foer To Leave The New Republic

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

Foer speaking at the Centennial Gala. Courtesy of New Republic.

Franklin Foer, editor of New Republic, sent out a staff email today announcing his resignation from the magazine.

Comrades,

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. Read more

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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Journalists and Their Animal Twins

We’re taking Separated at Birth to new, deeper and ridiculous heights today. We liked BuzzFeed‘s rendition of this with members of Congress so much that we decided to steal the idea for our own fishy purposes. Enjoy!

10. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and a Wooley sheep.

9. Slate‘s Dave Weigel and a sloth.

8. Katrina vanden Heuvel and an Afghan breed of dog.

7. Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle and a chipmunk. Hey, they don’t call those chipmunk cheeks for nothing right? We’re talking about the chipmunk, of course.

6. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and these exaggerated versions of his dark eyes in some cool cats we found online.

5. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and a blonde Afghan breed of dog.

4. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a dog with reading glasses.

Don’t miss the top three…

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Separated at Birth: FNC Legal Analyst Bob Massi

Bob Massi, a legal analyst for Fox News, may have more lookalikes than anyone in the United States. So if FNC ever needs a stand in there are plenty of options. But to keep things manageable, we’ve chosen three. They include TNR‘s Leon Wieseltier, Kenny Rogers, and actor Christopher Lloyd, who plays Doc Brown, the scientist in Back to the Future. (He could also be the guy on the Quaker Oats box, Captain Kangaroo, in certain lighting, Michael Landon and weirdly Wayne Newton.)

 

 

Whose Hair: Revealed

On Thursday we asked you to name this spectacularly maned gentleman who showed up to The New Republic‘s relaunch party at Bibiana.

Guesses include Bloomberg‘s Al Hunt, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and former talk show host Phil Donahue.

The correct answer is… Read more

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QUOTES of the DAY

Random guy owns unfortunate Twitter handle

“Also, Tom Pawson is the lucky owner of @tpaw. VERY lucky.” – Ethan Klapper, intern at NJ and managing editor of the American University Eagle. GOP 2012 hopeful Tim Pawlenty, referred to by supporters as “T-Paw,” announced his presidential exploratory committee yesterday, no doubt inspiring this tweet.

Journo single-handedly solves Japan’s nuclear problems

“I vote we nuke the reactor! RT @Slate: Readers have sent 112 ideas for averting total nuclear catastrophe in Japan” – FrumForum.com assistant editor Noah Kristula-Green, making his own suggestion for how Japan can avert a nuclear disaster. We wrote about it yesterday.

Politico reporter knows the difference between gang and mafia

“Is it really still a gang if there’s 64 members? I feel like it becomes more of a mafia at that point.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau, referring to a group of senators WaPo‘s Ezra Klein has strangely termed the “Gang of 64.”

And while we’re on the subject of Ezra Klein…

“and you write like a blogger -LW @ezraklein Leon Wieseltier writes like a man who learned nothing from his cocksure…support for the Iraq War” – Freelancer and former WCP writer Moe Tkacik in response to Klein’s attack on TNR‘s Wieseltier.

Editor appreciates musical modesty

“Things I like: the relative modesty of the dreams of ‘I Will Buy You a New Life’ and ‘If I Had $1,000,000.’” – Washingtonian.com editor Alyssa Rosenberg.

Gogurt and other useless things

“Anyone who can find me a more useless grocery item wins a packet of Gogurt. http://bit.ly/i2BzKR” - Slate‘s Annie Lowrey. Lowrey is referring to Kraft Foods’ Philadelphia Cooking Creme, a “one-of-a-kind, spoonable creme” that will “enhance the dishes you already make and inspire even more!” Sounds useful to us.

TNR Adds ‘At the Movies’ Feature

TNR announces the launch of a new online feature called “At the Movies.” They’ve appointed David Thomson as its regular critic. Stanley Kaufman will continue to review movies in the print edition.

“The New Republic has been reviewing movies for almost as long as there have been movies,” said Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of TNR. “For the last 53 years, Stanley Kauffmann has presided over our coverage of film, with all the strengths of judgment and temperament, and all the erudition, for which he is justly celebrated. His devotion to his calling is itself one of The New Republic’s central teachings. And now the magazine is delighted to announce the appointment of David Thomson, the other dean of American film criticism. This is terrific news for us, and for movie-lovers everywhere.”

In his inaugural piece for “At the Movies,” Thomson reviews Claire Denis’s post-colonial drama, “White Material.”

TNR Editor Guest Stars On Wentworth’s “Head Case”

Ali Wentworth‘s DC and Hollywood lives will collide tonight on her hilarious show “Head Case” when The New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier guest stars.

In “All About Steve,” Wieseltier plays the leader of the F.L.O — the Freudian liberation organization, a group whose mission is to make sure the world does not forget Dr. Sigmund Freud. You’ll have to tune in. This episode airs on Starz tonight at 10pm.

Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

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