The news Chris Hughes scooped up the long-suffering political magazine The New Republic earlier this month took me by surprise. Not so much that Hughes – Mark Zuckerberg’s old Harvard roommate and one of Facebook’s founders – spent money on a company peddling a print product, but that The New Republic was still around. Quite simply, I’d forgotten about the magazine in the first place.
It’s always flown under the radar, but The New Republic has long been the reading of liberal politicians – and few others.
Already, Hughes is making his mark. Today, The New Republic’s staff announced it was disassembling part of its paywall.