The New Republic

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The New Republic is an opinion journal founded in 1914. According to the publication, "For over 100 years, we have championed progressive ideas and challenged popular opinion."[1] The publication self-describes as "the voice of creative thinkers, united by a collective desire to challenge the status quo."[1]


As of December 2019, the publication's website had around 1.2 million estimated unique monthly visitors.[2] As of this same time, the Facebook page of The New Republic had over 160,000 followers[3] and its Twitter page had over 167,000 followers.[4]


According to the Encyclopaedia Brittanica, "Early on, the journal supported the formation of labour [sic] unions, the eight-hour workday, and woman suffrage. It also supported Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy during World War I but later broke with him and opposed the Treaty of Versailles."[5]

In 1946, Henry A. Wallace, Franklin D. Roosevelt's former vice president, became the editor of The New Republic. Shortly before assuming the publication's editorship, Wallace had given a speech in which strongly disagreed with Harry S. Truman and his administration over "'British imperialistic policy'— a shot at Churchill, whose Anglo-Saxon braggadocio he detested..."[6] The speech caused Truman to ask for Wallace's resignation from the Commerce Department, after which Wallace "berated Truman at every opportunity".[6]

In 1974, Martin Peretz purchased The New Republic.[7] A 2011 New York Times article claimed, "Peretz is a Zionist, but his true ideology is outrage, a policy broadcast loudly for 33 years as editor in chief of The New Republic... Last September, in the wake of a number of bombings, Peretz posted: 'Muslim life is cheap' and 'I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.'"[7] The piece also noted how Peretz's "ownership of The New Republic and his influential seminar at Harvard made him a valuable conduit between Cambridge, Wall Street and Washington."[7] Peretz served as the publication's editor-in-chief between 1978 and 2011.[5]

In 2012, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes bought The New Republic.[8] Hughes and his team sought to rebrand the magazine as a "vertically integrated digital media company", resulting in mass resignations,[9] including over two-thirds of the editorial masthead.[10]

In 2016, Hughes resold the publication to Win McCormack, an Oregon-based publisher.[8] As of December 2019, McCormack serves as editor-in-chief of The New Republic.[11]

Content of Writing

Current Political Stances

As of December 2019, the tone of the most recent articles supported an anti-establishment, progressive agenda. Articles included criticism of candidates backtracking on Medicare for All,[12][13] exposing Partnership for America’s Health Care Future and other consulting firms' attempts to undermine Medicare for All,[14] criticism of House Democrats for reauthorizing the Patriot Act,[15] and criticism of Democratic governors for working with the fossil fuel industry to build oil pipelines.[16]

Political Stances Under Peretz

A 2004 Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) article highlighted The New Republic's rightward shift under Martin Peretz's ownership. FAIR cited "editorial support for every major U.S. military intervention in the last two decades", opposition to Affirmative Action, supporting a rollback of the Welfare state, and the publication's 2004 endorsement of Joseph Lieberman, the most conservative Democratic presidential candidate in the race.[17]

News and Controversy

Offensive Criticism of Pete Buttigieg

A July 2019 criticism of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, written by gay novelist Dale Peck, drew outrage on social media for its "vicious and petty tone".[18]

Peck sought to argue that Buttigieg's sexual orientation made him "different from every other left-leaning neoliberal in exactly zero ways", but used inflammatory and offensive language throughout the piece, calling Buttigieg "'"Mary Pete"'... the gay equivalent of an Uncle Tom'" and saying, "'You know and I know that Mary Pete is a gay teenager. He’s a fifteen-year-old boy in a Chicago bus station wondering if it’s a good idea to go home with a fifty-year-old man so that he’ll finally understand what he is.'"[19]

In response to the criticism, The New Republic retracted the story, apologizing for its content and saying it regretted its publication.[20] In additional backlash over the piece, The New Republic withdrew from a Democratic presidential climate forum it was scheduled to co-host with Gizmondo in September 2019.[21]


As of December 2019:[22]

Editors & Managers

  • Win McCormack, Editor in Chief
  • Chris Lehmann, Editor
  • Emily Cooke, Editorial Director
  • Laura Marsh, Literary Editor
  • Lorraine Cademartori, Managing Editor
  • Laura Reston, Deputy Editor, Magazine
  • Siung Tjia, Design Director
  • Stephanie Heimann, Photo Director
  • Joan Yang, Production Manager
  • Cathy Park, Poetry Editor

Contributing Editors

  • Emily Atkin
  • Alexander Chee
  • Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
  • Michelle Dean
  • Siddhartha Deb
  • Ted Genoways
  • Jeet Heer
  • Patrick Iber
  • Kathryn Joyce
  • Suki Kim
  • Bob Moser
  • Howery Pack, Contributing Copy Editor
  • Adolph Reed Jr.
  • Theodore Ross
  • Rachel Syme
  • Alan Wolfe

Digital & Online

  • Mindy Kay Bricker, Digital Director
  • Ryan Kearney, Executive Editor,
  • Heather Souvaine Horn, Deputy Editor,
  • Ryu Spaeth, Features Editor,
  • Jason Linkins, Senior Editor,
  • Adam Weinstein, Consulting Editor,

Staff Writers

  • Matt Ford
  • Melissa Gira Grant
  • Josephine Livingstone
  • Nick Martin
  • Osita Nwanevu
  • Alex Pareene
  • Walter Shapiro
  • Alex Shephard
  • Libby Watson
  • Hafiz Rashid, Social Media Editor


  • Isabel Cristoi
  • Parker Richards
  • Apoorva Tadepalli


  • Josh Allen
  • Daniel Boguslaw
  • Callie Hitchcock


  • Kerrie Gillis, Publisher
  • Art Stupar, Associate Publisher, Circulation and New Business Development


  • Anthony Bolinsky, Sales Director
  • David Myer, Financial Director/Controller
  • Michelle Tennant-Timmons, Executive Assistant/Office Manager
  • Kym Blanchard, Marketing Director
  • Shawn Awan, Marketing & Ad Operations Manager
  • Dan Pritchett, Engagement Manager
  • Carson Leigh Brown, Marketing & Partnerships Manager

Contact Information

The New Republic
1 Union Square West
6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (646) 779-8000
Facebook: /newrepublic
Twitter: @NewRepublic

Articles and Resources

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  12. Libby Watson, "The Media’s Disingenuous Narrative About Medicare for All", New Republic, December 6, 2019, accessed December 18, 2019.
  13. Libby Watson, "Elizabeth Warren Retreats From Medicare for All", New Republic", November 15, 2019, accessed December 18, 2019.
  14. Libby Watson, "The Lucrative Liberal Business of Killing Health Care Reform", New Republic, November 21, 2019.
  15. Sam Adler-Bell, "Why the Hell Did Democrats Just Extend the Patriot Act?", New Republic, November 20, 2019.
  16. Nick Martin, "Why Are Democratic Governors Still Doing Favors for the Oil Industry?", New Republic, November 22, 2019.
  17. Steve Rendall, "Not Even the New Republic", FAIR, September 1, 2004, accessed December 17, 2019.
  18. Reed Richardson, "UPDATE: The New Republic Takes Down Bizarre Hit Piece on Pete Buttigieg, Editor’s Note Apologizes for 'Inappropriate and Invasive Content'", Mediaite, July 12, 2019, accessed December 16, 2019.
  19. Andy Towle, "The New Republic Takes Down Hit Piece on Pete Buttigieg Which Referred to Him as 'Mary Pete'", Towleroad, July 13, 2019, accessed December 16, 2019.
  20. The New Republic, "Editor's Note", New Republic, July 12, 2019, accessed December 16, 2019.
  21. Hayley Miller, "New Republic Drops Out Of Climate Forum Over Backlash To Pete Buttigieg Op-Ed", HuffPost, July 14, 2019, accessed December 16, 2019.
  22. The New Republic, Masthead, publication website, accessed December 16, 2019.