Timothy Noah, columnist and senior editor for The New Republic, was unexpectedly fired last Friday. Unsurprisingly, he now has a couple thoughts to share about Chris Hughes, the magazine’s relatively new owner.
Noah told Politico in an email that he was let go because he didn’t agree with the direction of TNR under Hughes’ reign. He felt that Hughes wanted to create a New Yorker replica, and that was a bad idea. An understandable position, and really, not that harsh.
The most stinging criticism from Noah? This:
I quietly changed the headline [because of Hughes’ opposition to it] to the somewhat clumsy, ‘Farewell, Filibusteringest Senator’ and quietly worried whether the magazine’s new owner (who around that time also told an audience at the Kennedy School that he’d like to co-brand a chain of cafes called the New Republic) might be a young man with more money than sense.
Not much “quiet” about that.