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The New Republic Magazine is Dying and I Don’t Care

December 9, 2014

Another liberal rag is dying. I don’t care. I wouldn’t even be writing about it but I’ve been astounded by the amount of reportage on the subject. Liberals are really upset about this.

If you somehow haven’t heard. The New Republic was taken over a couple of years ago by Chris Hughes – a man with no publishing experience who made hundreds of millions by being lucky enough to be Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate.

At the time, Hughes was praised by liberals far and wide for taking over the financially failing magazine. As a young, rich, gay man with a husband who had political aspirations, Hughes fit a profile the left just adores.

Now that he’s taking the still failing magazine in a direction the TNR staff and other assorted media liberals don’t like, he has become the left’s public enemy number one.

Just look at this report from James Kirchick at The Daily Beast…

The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple

Just three years ago, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge were the toast of the liberal establishment. The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.” In 2012, Hughes bought The New Republic, rescuing the flagship liberal magazine from financial peril and establishing himself as a player in Washington. At the same time, Eldridge was quietly preparing to run for Congress in upstate New York.

Young, handsome, Ivy League-pedigreed, rich (“the wealthiest openly gay men under 30” according to The Advocate, a stretch considering that the fortune belongs to Hughes), and espousing predictably liberal political views, the Hughes-Eldridge partnership was destined to work wonders for America.

How swiftly things change. In just the past two months, one half of this pair managed to single-handedly destroy a storied journalistic institution, while the other suffered a crushing electoral defeat in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Last week, the 31-year-old Hughes forced the resignations of both the editor and literary editor of The New Republic, whose 100th anniversary he presided over last month at a star-studded gala in Washington, D.C.

In protest of the magazine’s newly ensconced CEO’s plan to transform TNR into a “vertically integrated digital media company,” the majority of the magazine’s senior and contributing editors resigned.

If you enjoy reading about elitist DC liberals attacking other elitist DC liberals, you should read the whole thing.

Or you could just ignore it like I’m doing (with the exception of this post).

Frankly, the most interesting angle of the story is that Hughes’ husband Sean Eldridge tried to buy his way into a congressional seat, a fact that Kirchick admits in his report…

Even by the already money-drenched standards of American politics, the Eldridge campaign was a jaw-dropping spectacle to behold. In preparation for a campaign, Eldridge established Hudson River Ventures, essentially a vote-buying apparatus masquerading as an economic-development project, to win over small-business owners and their employees. He then traipsed around the district dispensing “investments” ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to local companies. The couple then bought a property in the town of Shokan, in New York’s 19th District, just months after Eldridge told the Times that it was their original mansion, in the 18th, where “we put down roots, where we want to have a family.”

Eldridge lost. Badly.

Final thought… All these liberals attacking Hughes and Eldridge sure are a bunch of gay hating homophobes, aren’t they?

Update: Mark Hemingway has a great piece on this subject at The Federalist.

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