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Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or The New Republic

It’s another miserable snowy day in the city, so why not take some of the edge off by enjoying FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle? This Thursday we have Sports Illustrated versus The New Republic. SI went with a great photo of Michael Sam, the courageous young man who is about to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. We don’t really need more of a reason to choose this cover than that.

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The New Republic Discovers That Media Reporters are Self-Important

magazinesThe New Republic has uncovered something: Some media reporters and those in the media are full of themselves. In its exploration of why people care about The Wire’s “media diet” feature (in which journalists list what they read), TNR found that there’s a lot of bragging and/or lying going on:

Divulging your media diet is the more elite equivalent of sharing a Granta link on Twitter to demonstrate your obscure and fashionable tastes. And it’s easy to see why the media loves a media diet: it stokes industry vanity, it smacks of insideriness, it reflects assorted journo-rivalries and feuds…

To read the past few years’ worth of media diets is to witness the inexorable slide into greater and greater delusion in our virtual self-depictions…

Surprise!

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The New Republic Asked Staffers to Sell Subscriptions

The New Republic has figured out a way to increase readership: Turn staffers into salespeople. Forbes reports that TNR staffers were tempted via the promise of an iPad Mini to sell as many subscriptions to the glossy as possible over the course of two weeks.

The idea worked, as the magazine gained 309 new subscribers. The winner of the contest — and thus the owner of a shiny new iPad Mini — was Julia Ioffe, who sold 55 subscriptions.

When asked about pushing editorial staffers into the world of sales, a TNR spokesperson told Forbes it was “a team building exercise and a fun way to generate friendly competition among the staff.”

We can’t wait until the next TNR contest, when the staffer who gets the bathroom the cleanest wins a Jeans Friday.

Chris Hughes: Separation of Business and Editorial ‘Anachronistic’

Chris Hughes, the owner and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, thinks that he needs to oversee both advertising and editorial in order for the magazine to excel. In a talk with pandoDaily, Hughes said that the days of keeping those sides separate are over“I knew that in buying a content and media company, the idea that business sits over here and lets a newsroom do whatever it wants over there is anachronistic,” explained Hughes.

For many in the media world, that’s a controversial stance. And since Hughes doesn’t have much journalism experience (he did edit his high school paper!), it must be difficult for the TNR’s editors to trust him. However, Hughes does have plenty of business savvy, so maybe he’s doing the magazine a favor by controlling both sides.

Whatever ends up happening, you can count on The New York Times saying it was great.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or The New Republic

Welcome back to another FishbowlNY Cover Battle. This week we have Sports Illustrated taking on The New Republic. The latest SI — featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen — might be the best magazine cover of all time.*

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The New Republic Joins Slate, Will Stop Using ‘Redskins’

Let’s hope this keeps going.

Cover Battle: ESPN The Magazine or The New Republic

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have ESPN The Magazine versus The New Republic. ESPN went with a photo of RGIII holding a deflated balloon in his mouth. Deflated like the Redskins’ future if he doesn’t recover well from his injury! Ha! That was… Well, that was an okay joke.

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Former Advisor Says Only Paper President Obama Reads is The New York Times

In a New Republic piece titled “Get Rich or Deny Trying,” a former advisor to President Obama is quoted saying “There’s only one paper the president reads, that’s The New York Times.” Now before all you haters (Mitt, you’re turning red man, try breathing) blast Big O, let’s think this through.

Is it possible that the president only reads the Times? In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Obama said he reads the Times, but also The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. As The Huffington Post notes, this was the second time Obama mentioned perusing those three papers. Obama has also admitted that he enjoyed magazines like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He even mentioned FishbowlNY as a “Great blog run by ruggedly handsome dudes who can throw fantastic spirals.”

It certainly doesn’t seem like Obama limits his paper intake to the Times. He has mentioned WaPo and WSJ and the quote in the New Republic is from an anonymous ex-advisor. However, that probably doesn’t matter. Haters, as they say, are going to hate. The media will cry that the White House has a Times bias and Republicans are going to fire up the rage machine. But give the president some credit: At least we know he can read. That’s more than we could say about George W. 

* - This is not true.
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Timothy Noah Isn’t a Chris Hughes Fan

Timothy Noah, columnist and senior editor for The New Republic, was unexpectedly fired last Friday. Unsurprisingly, he now has a couple thoughts to share about Chris Hughes, the magazine’s relatively new owner.

Noah told Politico in an email that he was let go because he didn’t agree with the direction of TNR under Hughes’ reign. He felt that Hughes wanted to create a New Yorker replica, and that was a bad idea. An understandable position, and really, not that harsh.

The most stinging criticism from Noah? This:

I quietly changed the headline [because of Hughes' opposition to it] to the somewhat clumsy, ‘Farewell, Filibusteringest Senator’ and quietly worried whether the magazine’s new owner (who around that time also told an audience at the Kennedy School that he’d like to co-brand a chain of cafes called the New Republic) might be a young man with more money than sense.

Not much “quiet” about that.

Cover Battle: The New Republic or Complex

Welcome back to another round of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have The New Republic versus Complex. TNR went with an excellent illustration of two birds. Or are they dolphins? If they’re dolphins they sure have short beaks. Or are those snouts? Next week on FishbowlNY: 31 Things You Need to Know About Dolphin Noses. Don’t steal that, BuzzFeed.

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