The New Republic: A ‘Storied’ History

Glory days.
• December 10, 2014 3:48 pm


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:

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.