Today, former Gawker editor Gabriel Snyder was named the new editor-in-chief of The New Republic, which was once "the in-flight magazine of Air Force One," according to a movie about the most famous person who worked there, who was a fabulist. Congrats, Gabe! We are very proud of you.
The rest of the white male journalist internet, it seems, is not. They are very mad that New Republic owner Chris Hughes chose Snyder to replace the former editor, Jonathan Safran Foer's brother Franklin, and also gave to the boot to Leon Wieseltier, the reanimated pleistocene-era fossil who writes the magazine's backpage ads.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) December 4, 2014
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) December 4, 2014
Okay, no joking now: This TNR news is bad for everyone. (Except anyone who ends up publishing Frank Foer, that is.)
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) December 4, 2014
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) December 4, 2014
Does Hughes know that everyone will now root for the new TNR to fail--and does he not care?
— James Traub (@JamesTraub1) December 4, 2014
— James Wolcott (@JamesWolcott) December 4, 2014
So for Chris Hughes, 100 years of The New Republic was apparently enough.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 4, 2014
If you want the Atlantic Wire, just buy the Atlantic Wire.
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) December 4, 2014
It's really the end of TNR. What a shame.
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) December 4, 2014
Indeed, an entire magazine is now doomed to fail because a white man has been fired and—gasp—an internet-savvy white man has been brought in to replace him! In TNR's 100-year history, I never would have imagined such a triage of injustice. It's clear that the new leadership of the magazine—with all their greasy Facebook money—is dead set on ruining a (historically racist) publication no one ever read in the first place, and was on the slow road to Irrelevance City. What will Chris Hughes do next? Perhaps the publication might even become interesting. Scream!
[Photo of Leon Wieseltier via AP]