I’ve been calling out transparent BS since before I could talk. I know it when I see it. The so-called game of “peek-a-boo”? A dirty lie. I preferred “Battleship.” Still do.
My sensors were flaring last week when I accidentally clicked on a link to the left-wing New Republic website, after mistaking it for one of my favorite middle-of-the-road blogs, freerepublic.com. Something didn’t sit right. Obviously, the content was atrocious. But then I looked at some of the bylines.
The demise of the New Republic has prompted a proliferation of hot takes. There are differing opinions as to how embattled owner Chris Hughes should proceed, but almost everyone seems to agree on one thing: the “storied” nature of the institution.
“You may not care about the New Republic, but the 100-year magazine has a storied history that came to an abrupt halt when most of its top journalistic talent resigned in a revolt against the owner,” wrote Howard Kurtz at Fox News. He wasn’t alone:
For a town typically split by politics, Washington is surprisingly undivided in its deep disdain for New Republic owner Chris Hughes, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found.
Hughes, the 31-year-old former roommate of Mark Zuckerberg and inventor of the “poke” button who bought the New Republic in 2012, came under fire last week after he axed two of the magazine’s long-time editors. The move prompted a mass resignation of editorial staffers.
New Republic owner (and Free Beacon Couple of the Year co-winner) Chris Hughes has a problem. Not only did his husband Sean Eldridge recently lose his race for Congress by an embarrassing margin, Hughes also needs to replace the dozens of New Republic staffers who resigned in protest over his plans to transform the magazine into a “digital media company.” (But first he needs to update the masthead.)
Fortunately for Hughes, there’s an obvious solution to this problem:
The Free Beacon is still considering Men of the Year nominations for 2014, but recent events have compelled us to announce the unanimous choice for our first ever Couple of the Year award: Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge.
President Obama is under fire from conservatives over his proposed executive action on immigration reform, which is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday evening. By acting unilaterally on such a controversial issue, they argue, Obama would be continuing a disturbing trend with respect to the abuse of executive power.
It wasn’t long ago that liberals were the ones complaining about executive overreach. Yet, after denouncing President George W. Bush for abusing our democracy for the better part of a decade, liberals have spent the Obama administration defending the president from similar charges.
Looking back on some of the left-wing criticisms of the Bush administration, it is fairly easy to use the exact same arguments to make the case that the Obama administration has been “the least democratic in the history of the modern presidency.”
That last line, for example, was taken a 2004 cover story for the New Republic by Jonathan Chait (who, in fairness, has been somewhat critical of Obama’s executive action proposal). Chait’s points about the Bush administration’s abuse of power can be easily applied to the current administration. The following has been appropriated, more or less verbatim, from Chait’s piece, titled “Power from the People.”