Mass Exodus at The New Republic After Major Editorial Shakeup


On Thursday, The New Republic’s top editors Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier announced they would be leaving the magazine over disagreements with publisher Chris Hughes about its newly-stated direction. Now, it appears that most of the editorial staff is going with them.

The mass exodus follows the decision by 31-year-old Hughes, formerly of Facebook, and chief executive Guy Vidra, formerly of Yahoo, to reimagine the property as a “vertically integrated digital media company,” reducing the number of print issues from 20 per year to 10 and moving the company from Washington, D.C. to New York. Upon Foer’s departure, the magazine has installed former Atlantic Wire editor Gabriel Snyder as the new editor-in-chief.

On Friday, dozens of writers and contributing editors began to announce that they would be leaving the magazine in solidarity with Foer and Wieseltier, many making their views about the changes known on Twitter:

Lizza published a full list of the resignations Friday morning:

Despite the pleas from Lizza and others to be removed from the website’s masthead, as of Friday afternoon, it remains intact. But The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone has helpfully taken a red pen to the list to show a more accurate representation of how still works there:

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