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:
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- Daily Beast: "…the storied magazine’s Washington headquarters…"
- Ross Douthat: "…a storied liberal magazine…"
- New York Observer: "…its storied history…"
- Newsweek: "…a storied publication long beloved by Beltway insiders…"
- PBS: "…storied editors and journalists…"
- Bloomberg: "…a great and storied title…"
- Mashable: "…the storied magazine…"
- Slate: "…The New Republic as an institution has a long, storied history…"
- Daily Beast again: "…a storied journalistic institution…"
- Boston Globe: "…a storied publication…"
- International Business Times: "…the storied liberal magazine…"
- Red State’s Erick Erickson: "…the storied magazine…"
- Tablet: "…In massive shake-up, storied magazine loses renowned editors…"
- National Review: "…a storied magazine…"
The New Republic’s storied history includes publishing Ernest Hemingway, supporting Stalinism, and editorializing in favor of state-sponsored eugenics.
Chris Hughes will have his work cut out for him, but he appears to have the momentum on his side, especially after being named co-winner of the Free Beacon’s first ever Couple of the Year Award.