‘TNR’ pivots to racial diversity, away from ‘privileged demographic of political elites’

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Gabriel Snyder, the new editor-in-chief of the New Republic, today announced renovations at the magazine with a bold statement about racial diversity:

As we revive one proud legacy of The New Republicthe launching of new voices and expertsthose new voices and experts will be diverse in race, gender, and background. As we build our editorial staff, we will reach out to talented journalists who might have previously felt unwelcome at The New Republic. If this publication is to be influential, and not merely survive, it can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.

Snyder announced some of those new contributors Monday on Twitter:

Gabriel Snyder's list of new contributors to TNR
Gabriel Snyder’s list of new contributors to TNR

When The New Republic turned into Masada last week, the divide among commentators was: Is this about a digital media baron (Chris Hughes) who doesn’t understand traditional journalism? Or is this about a millennial who was not indoctrinated in Zionism bringing down the curtain on a racist, neoconservative regime? I took the latter position; and there is support for my view today. I also said that the magazine’s purge means the end of the Jewish establishment, a statement Peter Beinart echoes: “the likely end of TNR’s Jewish sensibility may portend the declining influence of Jewish culture in American intellectual life.” Many will read Snyder’s statement about a diverse group as signaling that cultural moment. (Heck, Vietnam did it to the WASP elite; Iraq should have consequences, too…)

Bringing the Debate to YouUngar-Sargon wrote a very fair story on Open Hillel for the Forward. Jeet Heer has been very good on the conflict and did some excellent tweets on the New Republic’s racism.

(H/t Catherine Thompson’s report at TPM).

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Thanks, Phil.

A ruling class, be their pharaohs, grand poobah or elites in democratic capitalistic societies can reign unquestioned as long as it delivers good weather, good crops, victorious wars etc. I thonk that FUBAR in Iraq and Afghanistan is only one of the signals that the Mandate of Heavens reaches expiration date.

I must say it’s funny how, after demolishing old TNR (and rightly so!), Jeet Heer gets picked up by new TNR. I guess that was the job interview–“tell us how much old TNR sucked.” Here’s to TNR doing a 1-80 and becoming arch pro-Palestinian!

“the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic elites”

I admire them for their subtlety. But now I wonder if they are frank enough to take on the elephant in the foreign policy room.

I’ve read about the so-called Twilight of the WASPs all the time I was growing up, how Vietnam was supposed to have done them in. Well, I look at all the SV companies, the major media companies, Wall St and so on and I ask myself: where is this supposed decline? Sure, the difference today is that it isn’t 100% WASPy, but it is still overwhelmingly so. Most non-WASPs in positions of power are (Ashkenazi)… Read more »