New Republic’s Crisis Started with Leftward Shift

Former publisher Marty Peretz lamented in 2013 that the magazine he sold to Facebook guru Chris Hughes–a key social media operative in Barack Obama’s rise to power—had moved in a nakedly partisan direction, away from its traditional center-left liberalism: “The magazine wasn’t supposed to be a White House siphon….The magazine now seems to live in a space where those ‘little insurrections of the mind’ are unwelcome.

“It is akin to the atmosphere in many colleges and universities: There are prevailing orthodoxies but they aren’t recognized as such. Mr. Obama himself is the main one.

“The president is an object of fealty at the New Republic in a way that Woodrow Wilson and even Franklin Roosevelt never were,” Peretz wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

He also voiced concern about the magazine’s increasing drift towards the left’s emerging anti-Israel orthodoxy…