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  • The New Republic: Media Matters Seeks New Identity in Post-Clinton World

    12/20/2016 5:13:23 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-2012016 | Danny Johnston
    Danny JohnstonDecember 20, 2016 Clio Chang and Alex Shephard write in The New Republic about the organizational shake-up and shift in focus at the leftwing media watchdog Media Matters for America. The brainchild of its Clinton ally founder David Brock, Media Matters now seeks to reinvent itself in a post-Clinton world. Brock has recently stated that he hopes to transform his social media platform Shareblue into a “Breitbart of the left.” But Clinton’s electoral loss offers a unique challenge for Media Matters because, as Chang and Shephard report, “[t]he organization had long ceased to be a mere watchdog, having positioned...
  • New Republic: The Hypermasculine Violence of Omar Mateen and Brock Turner

    06/15/2016 5:09:47 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 26 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 06/14/2016 | Lisa Wade
    America woke up this weekend to the news of the deadliest civilian mass shooting in the nation’s history. The senseless tragedy will undoubtedly evoke anger, sadness and helplessness. In the meantime, many will forget to think and talk about Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s crime and his “summer vacation” jail sentence: three months for the vile sexual assault of an unconscious woman. As a sociologist, I was struck not by the abrupt shift to a new moral crisis, but by the continuity. Sociologists look for the bigger picture, and in my mind, Mateen’s crime didn’t displace Turner’s. Yet the media simply...
  • Rachel Dolezal Embodies White America’s Fears

    06/17/2015 7:31:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 16, 2015 | Sarah Marshall
    Who are we allowed to become? Children growing up today are likely to believe they can be anyone they want to be, and parents and teachers have grown fond of the phrase “Whatever you are, be a good one.” The emerging narratives of transgender children dovetail perfectly with this philosophy, children whose parents do not force them into a lockstep performance of the gender they were assigned at birth have become visible members of society. Yet the increased presence of transgender issues in our national conversation has prompted some to wonder—with or without their tongue in cheek, or in check—whether...
  • The Future of the New Republic and Us

    12/11/2014 8:19:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 11, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I should like to pose a question to the overnight press baron Chris Hughes, who owns the New Republic that he has rendered moribund with astounding speed and no class at all. My question is an old-fashioned one that might have circulated within the humanities faculty at universities two generations ago. "What," I would ask, "makes a book more authoritative and satisfying than a news report?" Most of the profs in their tweed jackets, and some pulling on their briar pipes, would answer that the author of a book has more time to write it than the author...
  • The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple

    12/09/2014 10:12:39 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    dailybeast. ^ | 12.08.14 | James Kirchucick
    Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge have always been entitled brats. And now the media finally noticed. 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...
  • Daily Beast: MSM Fawned Over New Republic Owner Before Turning on Him

    12/09/2014 11:40:21 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 9, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The normally liberal Daily Beast published an article about The New Republic owner Chris Hughes that is chock full of criticism of the Facebook multi-millionaire However, what is most surprising is that the article by James Kirchick also takes the mainstream media to task for its lavish praise of Hughes before attacking him for what they view as the destruction of The New Republic. You sort of get the idea that the Daily Beast story is going to come up somewhat short of praise just from the very title, The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s...
  • TNR veterans protest Hughes' 'destruction' (The New Republic)

    12/06/2014 7:10:24 AM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 5 Dec 2014 | DYLAN BYERS
    Three former editors of The New Republic -- Hendrik Hertzberg, Peter Beinart and Andrew Sullivan -- have joined more than a dozen of their fellow TNR veterans in protesting the "destruction" of the magazine at the hands of owner Chris Hughes. "As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name," the editors and their former colleagues wrote in a statement, released Friday evening. "From its founding in 1914, The New Republic has been the flagship and forum of American liberalism. Its reporting and commentary on...
  • A Eulogy for The New Republic

    12/05/2014 6:00:12 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/4/14 | Jonathan Chait
    Not long after he purchased The New Republic, Chris Hughes had lunch with me, as he was doing with quite a few journalists around Washington. At one point, he asked me who the best editor had been during my 16 years. I had worked for a half dozen editors, several of them great, but it was an easy question. I replied “Frank Foer” so quickly that Hughes appeared startled. I don’t think my answer convinced Hughes to hire Foer as TNR’s editor, because I’m sure anybody else who worked with him said the same, and anyway, Frank Foer was born...
  • New Republic Editor Decides Political Hack as Ebola Czar Is OK

    10/17/2014 2:03:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 17, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    One has to give The New Republic editor Jonathan Cohn some credit. At least he was beset with some brief soul searching over the fact that the new Ebola Czar is a political hack with no medical experience. However, after checking with his fellow liberals, Cohn finally got his "mind right" and returned to the proper groupthink fold. Although, as we shall see, Klain was front and center of the crony capitalism scandal in which the Solyndra green energy company cost the taxpayers over $500 million, all is forgiven and he is now allowed to become Ebola Czar. First we...
  • ‘Cultural Disconnect’ Led to New Republic Resignations (Libs Hit the Bricks)

    12/05/2014 5:38:35 PM PST · by CreviceTool · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 5, 2014 | Lukas I. Alpert
    Roughly two dozen staffers and contributing editors at The New Republic resigned on Friday as the result of what one of them described as an ugly cultural clash between a traditional journalistic institution and the Silicon Valley management style of its owner, a Facebook co-founder. The exodus marks the second time in recent months that a media venture backed by a tech industry tycoon encountered resistance from journalists who bristled over management’s new approach.
  • Liberalism has one job...

    12/05/2014 12:03:15 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-5-14 | The Looking Spoon
    If Ezra Klein isn't being completely ridiculous he is being totally revealing (in a shoot-yourself-in-the-foot kind of way) about what and how liberals think.Today he opined on the demise of The New Republic (a magazine a journalism professor I had in college once referred to as "conservative"...she's Canadian) he dropped this little bomb that he probably thought was a gem on his readers (bold emphasis is mine). But what made the New Republic and its peer policy magazines so great was how restlessly, relentlessly idiosyncratic they were — that's how they drove new ideologies and new ideas to the fore....
  • New Republic mass resignations: Any need for ‘restructuring’ now?

    12/05/2014 10:49:17 AM PST · by mojito · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/5/2014 | Erik Wemple
    In a memo to staff yesterday announcing a masthead shake-up, New Republic chief executive Guy Vidra wrote that a reduction in the frequency of the 100-year-old magazine would require a staff “restructuring,” a common euphemism for layoffs. Well, that may not be necessary considering that a whole herd of staffers resigned en masse following the defenestration of top editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier. Have a look at the departures.... Perhaps the “restructuring” will now come in the form of a hiring spree to fill vacancies created by the newsroom-wide disgust with Foer’s firing. A group of...
  • Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

    11/19/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 9:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on “pretty firm legal ground.” The former president spoke on the eve of President Barack Obama’s scheduled announcement of executive actions to spare as many as 5 million immigrants from being deported from the U.S. Clinton said during an event honoring the magazine The New Republic that it was part of a larger debate about the nation’s role around the globe. “As far as I can tell, every president in the modern era has issued...
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • Iran Is Not Our Friend

    01/26/2014 7:42:55 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 25, 2014 | Leon Wieseltier
    On the foreign policy front . . . I find myself 
wondering why we cannot regard another country, in this case Iran, 
as just that, as one more country which we would regard as neither friend nor foe, with whom we are prepared to deal on a day-to-day basis, neither idealizing it nor running it down, keeping to ourselves (here, of course, I am speaking about our government) our views about its domestic political institutions and practices, and interesting ourselves only in those aspects of its official behavior which touched our interests—maintaining in other words, a relationship with it of mutual respect...
  • Stanley Kauffmann, Erudite Film Critic, Dies at 97

    10/09/2013 11:39:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | William Grimes
    Stanley Kauffmann, whose literate, tightly constructed movie reviews appeared in The New Republic for more than half a century and set a standard for critical ease and erudition, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 97.
  • Hughes Drops Jews

    01/29/2013 8:40:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2013 | staff
    The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint. The magazine has launched an aggressive new editorial direction under the ownership of wealthy socialite Chris Hughes, who is best known for sharing a room with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University. The names of several prominent Jewish writers from both the left and right of the political spectrum were dropped from TNR’s masthead in the latest issue. They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist...
  • Syria and its Progressive Friends

    10/10/2011 1:40:01 AM PDT · by OddLane
    The New Republic ^ | October 10, 2011 | Martin Peretz
    It’s just about a week since Russia and China, in a rare joint action, vetoed a European-sponsored resolution that “strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by Syrian authorities.” The only thing strong about this defense of civilians was the use of the word “strongly.” And, as Colum Lynch reported in The Washington Post, the resolution demanded that Damascus “cease the use of force against civilians” and grant “fundamental freedoms” to prisoners.
  • JournoList: 75 Names Confirmed (with news organizations)

    07/23/2010 1:07:17 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies · 4+ views
    Source List Included | 07/23/2010 | BuckeyeTexan
    The following 75 names are confirmed members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv. 1. Ezra Klein - Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect 2. Dave Weigel - Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent 3. Matthew Yglesias – Center for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly 4. David Dayen - FireDogLake 5. Spencer Ackerman – Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect 6. Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker 7. Eric Alterman – The Nation, Media Matters for America 8. Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University 9. John Judis – The New Republic, The American Prospect...
  • Hot Seat - Fire Glenn Beck? (FReep a poll)

    08/28/2009 2:53:32 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 43 replies · 2,369+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | August 28, 2009 | Michael Kraskin
    FReep a poll in support of Glenn Beck. Currently, there are 48,800 votes with 75% in support of Beck.
  • Palin Boosts Glenn Beck With Thousands of Facebook Friends

    08/29/2009 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 30 replies · 3,756+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/28/09 | Rick Pedraza
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went Glenn Beck one better after he asked viewers to invite a friend to watch his popular show on Fox cable TV: She posted a Facebook message urging all of her friends to tune in. Glenn returned to his show Monday after a week's absence, earning this plaudit on Palin's Facebook page Wednesday: "FOX News' Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House.
  • Glenn Beck Smashes Ratings Record

    08/29/2009 4:00:59 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 116 replies · 7,598+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/28/09
    Although Glenn Beck's hit Fox News show doesn't even air during prime time, he is generating huge prime-time-like numbers at 5 p.m. reports that, despite a liberal group's "boycott" of "The Glenn Beck Program," Beck is striking "pure ratings gold."
  • Did the U.S. Turn Socialist Just Because Obama Won?

    03/31/2009 6:14:25 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 21 replies · 827+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/31/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    TNR’s Chait gets it wrong thinking Americans are all nouveau left-wingers just because Barack Obama won the White House Jonathan Chait is all upset at the Democratic Party. Hs is damning their eyes for not blindly accepting every extremist, left-wing idea that President Obama would like to implement. Chait is wailing that Congressional Democrats are standing athwart Obama's radical agenda just when he assumes we are at a "once-in-a-generation chance for the Democratic Party to reshape" the country. Chait is right, of course, that Congressional Democrats are not bending over blindly for Obama's agenda and many elected officials are jealously...
  • Slouching Toward Denver: The Democratic death march

    03/24/2008 12:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 2,476+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 09, 2008 Issue | Noam Scheiber
    When Democrats contemplate the apocalypse these days, they have visions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton slugging it out ŕ la Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter at the 1980 convention. The campaign's current trajectory is, in fact, alarmingly similar to the one that produced that disastrous affair. Back then, Carter had built up a delegate lead with early wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several Southern states. But, as the primary season dragged on, Kennedy began pocketing big states and gaining momentum. Once all the voting ended and Kennedy came up short, he eyed the New York convention as a...
  • A double standard? (Barf Alert)

    12/30/2007 8:05:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 83+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | December 30, 2007
    TNR’s Noam Scheiber had an interesting item the other day, gaming out possible post-Iowa-caucus scenarios, and describing the various “paths” Democratic candidates have to the nomination. First, the three easy scenarios: 1.) Hillary wins by more than a point or two, in which case the race is basically over. 2.) Obama wins convincingly (five points or more), in which case it starts looking pretty good for him and Edwards is done. 3.) Edwards wins convincingly and Obama is third, in which case Obama is probably done and Hillary and Edwards duke it out (with Hillary enjoying a near-prohibitive financial advantage)....
  • Foer of Fog

    12/02/2007 12:16:35 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Border Pundit Blog ^ | December 1, 2007
    Remember Scott Beauchamp? The soldier who wrote stories from the Middle East, about things like mocking a disfigured woman in a chow hall, running over a dog and wearing pieces of baby skull under helmets? The tales never rang true, but the editors of The New Republic ran with them like crack addicts looking for more baking soda. Now that TNR has posted a whinging, non-apology, Franklin Foer is your editorial man of the hour whose self-effacing pen is less mighty than his apparent ego. And that’s why there’s already a new movie out. See source for lotsa kewl links....
  • Foer's Folly Finally Falls Flat {The New Republic}

    12/02/2007 9:36:35 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 569+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 02, 2007 | Rick Moran
    It took four months of dodging, ducking, bobbing, and weaving, but bloggers have finally pinned Franklin Foer and The New Republic to the mat. Yesterday afternoon, Foer's online edition of the magazine published a long, self-pitying, highly defensive screed about the Scott Beauchamp articles that accused American soldiers of casual atrocities in Iraq in which the Editor of The New Republic admitted the magazine would no longer stand behind or vouch for their accuracy: "When I last spoke with Beauchamp in early November, he continued to stand by his stories. Unfortunately, the standards of this magazine require more than that....
  • Hemingway, Under Glass (UPDATE: TNR Shut Down Beauchamp)

    10/24/2007 6:12:45 PM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 54+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Matt Drudge has announced his acquisition of documents from the Army investigation into allegations of misconduct made by Private Scott Beauchamp, and they make The New Republic look like the Nixon administration for stonewalling. He provides PDFs of the documents as support as well. Beauchamp admitted to investigators that he made up most of the stories, including the most disturbing tale of troops harassing a disfigured woman, as well as running over dogs in armored personnel carriers. Why did Beauchamp tell these lies? He had literary aspirations and didn't mind libeling his comrades to achieve them: Army Investigation: Tales "Completely...

    10/24/2007 10:33:54 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 98 replies · 262+ views
    Drudge ^ | 10/24/2007 | Matt Drudge
    SHOCK DOCS: THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSESWED Oct 24 2007 12:29:44 ET The DRUDGE REPORT has optained internal documents from the investigation of THE NEW REPUBLIC'S "Baghdad Diarist", Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private turned war correspondent who reported tales of military malfeasance from the Iraq War front. The documents appear to expose that once the veracity of Beauchamp's diaries were called into question, and an Army investigation ensued, THE NEW REPUBLIC has failed to publicly account for publishing slanderous falsehoods about the U.S. military in a time of war. Document 1: Beauchamp Refuses to Stand by...
  • My Time In Iraq [ExileStreet] -An Attempt at Post-Modern Journalism

    08/08/2007 6:57:56 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 3 replies · 376+ views
    ExileStreet ^ | 8/8/07 | John Mark Reynolds
    Bottom Line: Following the standards of journalism adopted by The New Republic and by my post-modern colleagues in the Academy, I have decided to report on my experiences in Iraq. Now I have never been to Iraq, but I am told (by modern academics) that it is not the literal truth of the story that counts, but whether the story “smells right” or has the right over arching plot. It seems good to try this out and write a story that is not true, but which accepts all the premises about the War and the troops that I am supposed...
  • Author Tells U.S. Army He Made Up Stories Published in New Republic

    08/07/2007 10:59:54 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 19 replies · 1,192+ views ^ | August 7, 2007 | By Michael Goldfarb
    The Weekly Standard has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp -- author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns -- signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods -- fabrications containing only "a smidgen of truth," in the words of our source. Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad: "An investigation has been completed and...

    08/07/2007 11:29:17 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 31 replies · 1,760+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 8-07-07 | TNR Editors
    We've talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account as detailed in our statement. When we called Army spokesman Major Steven F. Lamb and asked about an anonymously sourced allegation that Beauchamp had recanted his articles in a sworn statement, he told us, "I have no knowledge of that." He added, "If someone is speaking anonymously [to The Weekly Standard], they are on their own." When we pressed Lamb for details on the Army investigation, he told us, "We don't go into the details of how we conduct our...
  • Pvt. [Scott Thomas]Beauchamp: Proud of Being Ashamed?

    08/06/2007 6:16:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,038+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 6, 2007 | Paul McNellis
    In a famous passage in his Confessions, St. Augustine admits that as a young boy he ran with a bad crowd and fabricated stories to impress his friends. I was ashamed among other youths that my viciousness was less than theirs: I heard them boasting of their exploits...not only for the pleasure of the act but for the pleasure of the boasting....and when I lacked opportunity to equal others in vice, I invented things I had not done, lest I might be held cowardly for being innocent, or contemptible for being chaste....Someone cries, 'Come on, let's do it'--and we would...
  • Beauchamp Investigation Concluded ["Refuted by Members of his Platoon and PROVEN TO BE FALSE"]

    08/03/2007 8:24:48 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 88 replies · 2,441+ views ^ | 08/03/2007 | Matt Sanchez
    After a thorough investigation that lasted nearly a week the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division has concluded that the allegation made by Private Thomas Scott Beauchamp, the "Baghdad Diarist", have been "refuted by members of his platoon and proven to be false" The official investigation the 4th IBCT Public Affairs Office qualified as "thorough and professional" concluded late August 1st. Officials would not speculate on the possibility of further action against Private Beauchamp, nor would they confirm his current whereabouts or status. Sergeant First Class Robert Timmons, the acting public affairs official of the 4th IBCT, 1st...

    07/26/2007 4:26:20 AM PDT · by TomB · 178 replies · 13,915+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 7/26/07 | Scott Thomas Beauchamp
    A STATEMENT FROM SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP: As we've noted in this space, some have questioned details that appeared in the Diarist "Shock Troops," published under the pseudonym Scott Thomas. According to Major Kirk Luedeke, a public affairs officer at Forward Operating Base Falcon, a formal military investigation has also been launched into the incidents described in the piece. Although the article was rigorously edited and fact-checked before it was published, we have decided to go back and, to the extent possible, re-report every detail. This process takes considerable time, as the primary subjects are on another continent, with intermittent access...
  • Can Fred Thompson Win in 2008? (3 part series on Lefty Mag TNR)

    06/27/2007 6:49:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,289+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 25/26/27, 2007 | Jonathan Chait & Jason Zengerle
    Last week every Republican presidential candidate with hopes of emerging as "The True Conservative" in the race--Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Duncan Hunter, and Ron Paul--traveled to Kansas City to speak to the National Right to Life Convention (NRLC). And then there was Fred Thompson. Although he's not yet an official candidate, Thompson clearly plans to run--and he plans to run as the Truest of True Conservatives. So it seemed that a sojourn to Kansas City to stoke an important segment of the conservative base would be in order. But Thompson skipped the trip, choosing instead to address the NRLC by...
  • Sock Puppet Sinks Pundit - How Lee Siegel's antics made The New Republic into an even bigger joke

    09/20/2006 12:39:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,336+ views
    Reason ^ | September 19, 2006 | Cathy Young
    In recent years, The New Republic, one of the nation's leading magazines of political and cultural commentary, has been embarrassed by scandals involving two of journalism's original sins: fabrication of stories and plagiarism. But the latest scandal, involving the magazine's cultural critic Lee Siegel, has to do with a transgression peculiar to the Internet age: sock puppetry. A sock puppet, in Internet parlance, is a false Internet identity created for deceptive purposes. Siegel, who had been writing a culture blog for The New Republic, had started using the pseudonym "sprezzatura" on the blog's forums to praise himself and savage his...
  • Confessions of an 'Exx-Con'

    06/17/2006 2:56:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 971+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2006 | Robert L. Pollock
    Global-warming alarmists take it for granted that they have the "scientific consensus" on their side. The truth is that their views can be as much an article of faith that avoids or elides basic facts. I was reminded of this recently after suggesting on our weekly television show -- The Journal Editorial Report on Fox News Channel -- that "everyone agrees there has been some warming over the past century, but most of it happened before 1940." "Not true," declared a subsequent editorial in the New Republic magazine. "The last three decades have seen the sharpest rise." TNR suggested I...
  • Secretive group aims for Iran regime-change

    04/12/2006 9:33:51 AM PDT · by thegreatbeast · 3 replies · 480+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 12, 2006 | No Attribution
    Missing from recent media coverage of the Bush administration's preparations for a military strike against Iran is any mention of the State Department's accelerated campaign for regime change in Iran, according to Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor at The New Republic. Kaplan says the administration last month formed a secretive body led by Vice President Cheney's daughter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney, called the Iran-Syria Operations Group.
  • The Politics of Churlishness

    04/10/2005 12:33:33 PM PDT · by Davis · 3 replies · 188+ views
    The Conning Tower ^ | April 10, 2005 | Trentino
    Martin Peretz, a principal owner, chairman, and editor in chief of The New Republic (TNR) magazine, that Liberal bastion, is an authentic, even quintessential Liberal himself. For a number of months now, he has been fingering the worn, tattered fringes of his Liberal cloak and discovering what a threadbare garment it is. In February, Mr. Peretz published in TNR a quite remarkable essay declaring that Liberalism, his only intellectual/political home for all his adult life "... is now bookless and dying. ... Liberalism now needs to be liberated from many of its own illusions and delusions. Let's hope we still...
  • The Implausibility of a New Liberalism

    12/09/2004 1:11:33 AM PST · by Stoat · 4 replies · 738+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 8, 2004 | William Voegeli
    The Implausibility of a New Liberalism By William Voegeli Peter Beinart, the editor of The New Republic, has written an unusually long, provocative, and important essay for that magazine. Its title, "An Argument For a New Liberalism," is at odds with its thesis, since what Beinart really wants is to revive an old liberalism. But then, its thesis is at odds with the reality of that old liberalism. Beinart wants, specifically, a revival of the liberalism of 1947, the year the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) was founded. More specifically still, he wants liberalism to stand resolutely against Islamist...
  • Rematch: Bush v Gore, Round 2 (The Election Day Lawsuits Are Coming)

    10/03/2004 3:21:32 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 3 replies · 1,242+ views
    The New Republic ^ | September 27, 2004 | Jeffrey Rosen
    BUSH V. GORE, ROUND 2.Rematchby Jeffrey RosenPost date: 09.27.04Issue date: 10.04.04 t's November 2, and the presidential election looks close in Ohio. An army of lawyers are dispatched by the Bush and Kerry campaigns to scour all 11,614 precincts in the state for any hint of voting irregularities. Within hours, both sides have filed competing suits in state courts challenging the standards for counting provisional, absentee, and military ballots, as well as for the use of different voting machines. Within days, Laurence Tribe and James Baker are filing petitions to the Supreme Court, arguing that Bush v. Gore--the case that...
  • Our Choice (The New Republic Endorses JOE LIEBERMAN for President!)

    01/07/2004 6:24:46 PM PST · by Timesink · 33 replies · 235+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 7, 2004
    Our Choice by the Editors Post date: 01.07.04 Issue date: 01.19.04 ecall for a moment the political climate in the United States in January 2001. Ralph Nader and the Supreme Court had made George W. Bush president, but he had lost the popular vote, and his party had lost seats in the House and Senate. The campaign had been fought largely on Democratic terrain--with Bush promising a larger federal role in education and health care, and a multicultural Republican Party. With national security a second-tier political issue, and welfare and crime no longer political issues at all, all that remained...
  • Unacceptable

    10/23/2003 8:06:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 148+ views
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | 10-24-2003 | Michael Tolkin
    After The New Republic’s Gregg Easterbrook wrote in his online column that Jewish executives in Hollywood "worship money above all else," he apologized. Every group in some way lives up to its stereotypes, and even knows that about itself — otherwise there’d be no specific humor within each tribe or dismay about the tribe within the tribe. Tribes and nations have opposing codes, and smaller groups within bigger nations or cultures will always suffer for the differences. None of us live without summary judgments of other tribes, in the largest sense of that word. The scapegoat mechanism is biological, and...
  • GREGG EASTERBROOK AND ME (ESPN fires Easterbrook for "Kill Bill" comments in TNR)

    10/18/2003 3:36:04 PM PDT · by mhking · 33 replies · 283+ views ^ | 10.18.03 | Roger L. Simon
    I just got off the phone with Gregg Easterbrook who emailed me that he wanted to talk. He is a warm and cordial man. He honestly solicited what I thought he should have done but I could offer him little advice. I have enough trouble deciding what I should do, but I did point out that in this world that has gone radioactive on what the Stalinists used to call “The Jewish Question”—from the appalling UN Conference on “Human Rights” in Durban to yesterday’s rehash of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” for the entire Moslem world by the...
  • The Jayson Blair Case: At the New York Times, the Spin Cycle Never Ends

    05/29/2003 4:05:17 PM PDT · by mrustow · 16 replies · 339+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 27 May 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    "Let's see if your lies match up with your partner's lies." That trademark line, uttered by NYPD Blue's "Det. Andy Sipowicz" (Dennis Franz) to one or another suspect about to be interrogated, would be a fitting opening for the interrogation of any number of New York Times reporters and editors. But if I had my pick of TV detectives to grill the mopes at the Times, I'd call "Det. Frank Pembleton" (Andre Braugher) of the late series Homicide: Life on the Streets, up from Baltimore. Pembleton, a master interrogator and avenging angel ("We speak for the dead"), is particularly adept...
  • Public/Private: Who Serves America Better?

    06/07/2002 9:03:29 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 8 replies · 208+ views
    The New Republic on Public / Private WHO SERVES AMERICA BETTER? PLEASE JOIN The New Republic for a panel discussion. Thursday, June 13, 2002 6:30 p.m The Cannon Caucus Room 345 Cannon House Office Building (at Independence and New Jersey Avenues, SE) Washington, D.C. Moderated by New Republic Editor Peter Beinart Panelists include: Jeff Faux President, Economic Policy Institute Grover Norquist President, Americans for Tax Reform Leslie Page Vice President,Citizens Against Government Waste Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) Refreshments will be served. To R.S.V.P. email: or call: (202) 508-4488 Ext. 5406