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[ 126 ] February 14, 2013 |

Marty Peretz is very, very upset that the New Republic is now owned by a non-crackpot:

Like many readers of the New Republic, I didn’t at first recognize the most recent issue of the magazine. The stark white cover was unlike anything the New Republic ran during my 35 years as the owner. Having read the cover story, I still don’t recognize the magazine that I sold in 2012 to the Facebook FB +1.94% zillionaire Chris Hughes.

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We were for the Contras in Nicaragua; wary of affirmative action; for military intervention in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur; alarmed about the decline of the family. The New Republic was also an early proponent of gay rights. We were neoliberals…

“And we were for publishing disgracefully and knowingly fraudulent attacks on Bill Clinton’s health care plan. And promoting racist junk science. And publishing other fabulists and plagiarists. And for publishing vicious attacks on liberals who were actually right about the Iraq War we endorsed so uncritically. Not to mention my own consistent bigotry.” And…why am I supposed to be upset that Peretz is no longer running the New Republic again?

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  1. Linnaeus says:

    Not that TNR was an especially radical magazine, but wasn’t Peretz the main reason the liberal New Republic became “even the liberal New Republic“?

  2. the lingonberry jam says:

    He leads with a boast about supporting the Contras.
    Words fail.

  3. Martin says:

    Bullseye. Bullseye. Bullseye.

  4. Craigo says:

    You could have just used your “Verbatim” thing on the part where he extols his support of Latin American death squads.

  5. Hogan says:

    The stark white cover was unlike anything the New Republic ran during my 35 years as the owner.

    What? The Beatles? Those noisy English mopheads? Whatever happened to them anyway?

  6. Glenn says:

    The amount of attention TNR draws, good and bad, has always baffled me. I’ve never understood why anyone was supposed to care about it.

    (Not necessarily referring to this post…any opportunity to dump on Marty Peretz is time well-spent, IMO.)

  7. Marrying Money Is A Full Time Job

    You said it.

  8. actor212 says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the movie Shattered Glass, not just for its deconstruction of journalistic fraud, but for the “inside baseball” aspect of Marty Peretz’ tenure at the magazine.

    After all, Peretz was siding with the American Conservative Union (even tho Michael Kelly, who was defending Stephen Glass was wrong) about a story in his magazine. That, and the fact that he fired Gil Harrison because Harrison refused to run his articles in TNR, is about all you need to know to understand that Peretz was one Arabic bombing from turning TNR into NRO

    I mean, my god! He hired (through Kinsley and Hertzberg) Krauthammer, Kondracke, Fred Barnes AND Mickey Kaus! And this was a “liberal” magazine!

  9. DrDick says:

    I am only sad that anybody is still giving Peretz a public platform to spread his crap.

  10. TT says:

    Peretz and TNR are a lot like Jerry Jones and the Cowboys: they get all sorts of outsized and completely unwarranted attention from a lot people who should know better (and probably hate themselves because they do know better). The only difference is that the Cowboys actually have a following and have been really good a whole lot more recently than TNR has.

    • Joshua says:

      Every year, around the beginning of the playoffs, I find myself arguing with Cowboys fans over how much the team stinks. Then I say to myself, why I am still talking about this lousy team when there are good teams still left?!?

      • Green Caboose says:

        For how many years have we heard various paraphrases of “The Cowboys have so much talent”. I’ve heard this from people who otherwise know a lot about pro football.

        I would ask them to name “all the talent”. They say: Romo, Austin, Ware, Witten, Bryant. Then it drops off to average. Big deal – I can name that many “talents” on the 2-14 Chiefs – especially when you include average (not mediocre – but middle-of-the-pack) starters like Romo and Austin. However, being Cowboys everyone just assumed that this team must have lots of talent.

        But the media just plays into it – like with Tebow. When they had that pathetic season a couple years ago the sports programs spent an inordinant amount of air time on “what’s wrong with the Cowboys”. No other team that has won 1 wildcard playoff game in 16 years gets that kind of attention.

        • Cody says:

          “XXX has so much talent” is just a good way to recognize that a team isn’t at some kind of disadvantage due to location or something.

          The NFL is pretty balanced. The Cowboys have a lot of talent. Every team has a lot of talent. The difference between the Cowboys and the Patriots are how you use it and where you put it. The Patriots have a good owner, a savvy (to put it nicely) coach, and got lucky with a QB.

          The Cowboys have an awful owner, a random coach, and a talented QB. Talented being code for under achieving here…

  11. John says:

    Given that all that stuff Peretz highlights represents a complete betrayal of the historic mission of The New Republic, a magazine with a long and honorable history at the time Peretz bought it, I’m not sure why anyone is supposed to care. Fuck you, Marty.

  12. drkrick says:

    Peretz stating that “I still don’t recognize the magazine that I sold in 2012 …” is about the highest recommendation I can imagine for considering reading TNR again.

  13. Pooh says:

    But where will I go to get my thinly-if-at-all veiled anti-Muslim bigotry now that we don’t have Marty to kick around any more?

  14. Winchester says:

    Re: Racist junk science

    “In response to the [racial] controversy surrounding The Bell Curve, the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs established a task force in 1995 to write a report on the state of intelligence research which could be used by all sides as a basis for discussion, “Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns”. The full text of the report is available through several websites”

    “The task force agreee that large differences do exist between the average IQ scores of blacks and whites, saying: “The cause of that differential is not known; it is apparently not due to any simple form of bias in the content or administration of the tests themselves.

    “The Flynn effect shows that environmental factors can produce differences of at least this magnitude, but that effect is mysterious in its own right. Several culturally based explanations of the Black/ White IQ differential have been proposed; some are plausible, but so far none has been conclusively supported. There is even less empirical support for a genetic interpretation. In short, no adequate explanation of the differential between the IQ means of Blacks and Whites is present”

    That was the finding of the biggest group of psychometric experts ever assembled to examine this subject.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_quotient

  15. Aaron Baker says:

    Philosopher Robert Paul Wolff is always very good, and very devastating, about Peretz; see, e.g., http://robertpaulwolff.blogspot.com/2010/09/harvard-and-peretz.html

  16. Craigo says:

    OT, but no one could have guessed when a handful of Senate Democrats kneecapped filibuster reform that the Republicans would actually turn around and use the filibuster against high-level nominees.

    Once more, for the record: The GOP will filibuster Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee.

  17. Bitter Scribe says:

    Oh noes! Perez’ complaint is behind the WSJ paywall. Whatever will I do?

  18. Scott S. says:

    Hearing that Marty Peretz is sad is a good way to make me much happier…

  19. snarkout says:

    Ignoring Peretz’s 30-year effort to drive The New Republic into the ground, I like that his complaint is that the new ownership is demonstrating how mean and partisan they are by publishing a piece on the current state of conservatism by William F. Buckley and Whitaker Chambers biographer Sam Tanenhaus, an “old-fashioned Jewish anti-communist”.

  20. We were for the Contras in Nicaragua

    Get your ass back into that dustbin.

  21. RhZ says:

    This reminds me of Lee Siegal.

  22. Breadbaker says:

    “Sorry, Marty, but the buyers refuse to give you veto power over either design or content after the sale.”

    “Oh, screw it, it was a reasonable request, but tell them I’ll just take it up with the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. That’ll show them.”

  23. Does anyone else remember when TNR’s book review section devoted something like ten pages to a takedown of Angela’s Ashes?

    As it turns out, the Irish storyteller dude probably took some liberties with the facts in parts of the story, such as the events that took place before his father was born.

    TNR really blew the lid off that one.

  24. Lee Hartmann says:

    I’m old enough to remember The New Republican when it wasn’t that bad (70s) with whoever was “TRB” dealing with Nixon’s impeachment. I gave up in the 80s.

    Trying to explain to one of my “reasonable” colleagues that TNR was not worth reading was hard, until recently. I think he never read Marty’s screeds. For that matter, neither did I.

  25. Dagchester says:

    Nate Cohn of The New Republic was easily the best analyst of the last presidential election however.

  26. Jordan says:

    The New Republic article Peretz was referring to is actually pretty good.

  27. Jeremy says:

    I know I’m late here, but I have to ask, is there a way to be a worse advocate for liberal causes than Marty Peretz? OK, so I gather that he’s complaining that TNR is publishing an article that accurately points out the racism of the Republican Party. That’s too partisan for him or some such. But when he was owner and editor-in-chief, he (to use one example) published an article full of vicious lies about Clinton’s proposed health care plan, and thereby took a leading role in derailing the biggest goal of the Democratic Party in the post-WWII era.

    Seriously, no single National Review contributor can claim to have done more damage to liberal causes than Marty Peretz. Maybe their magazine as a whole can claim to have hindered progress more over that span of time than TNR, but who knows. To the extent that he cares about liberalism, he cares about policing liberal discourse. Don’t utter uncomfortable truths about the right, reserve that vitriol for leftist who fail to live up to whatever standards you feel like applying today.

  28. herr doktor bimler says:

    Having read the cover story, I still don’t recognize the magazine

    If he wanted to go on recognising the magazine perhaps he shouldn’t have sold it.
    It is impressive that the WSJ gave this guy a pulpit to complain that a magazine he doesn’t own is not following the editorial direction it would if he owned it.

  29. S_noe says:

    Aww, man – Leon Wieseltier is still there.

  30. Epicurus says:

    I have a short piece of advice for Mr. Peretz: Go fuck yourself, you miserable, bigoted piece of shit.

  31. wetcasements says:

    Not only is TNR something I’m reading again in small doses since 1992 or so, I have this strange feeling it might even turn a profit for once.

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