With its centennial issue on the stands, The New Republic just went through an upheaval that ranks up there or even tops the legendary disputes that have enlivened the history of this influential magazine since its birth in 1914.
More than 50 of the magazine’s editors and contributors quit in masse last week after learning of a move by the new owner to replace editor Franklin Foer who resigned rather than being forced out.
The row is over what TNR will look like as it transitions from a print journal to a digital media company. We may find out sooner than anyone thought because of the departures.
To appreciate what the uproar is all about, it’s helpful to look at The New Republic as it built its 100-year tradition. And to understand that a great part of TNR’s appeal is that it includes a front section with opinion and quality reporting and a back section with essays on literature and the arts. READ MORE »