Is Chris Hughes Turning The New Republic Into Edvertorial?

Chris Hughes answered the phones during Facebook’s startup, consequently became a multimillionaire, subsequently joined the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, and eventually bought The New Republic.

It was clear early on that Hughes would make the magazine a house organ for the Obama administration, starting with his 2013 interview of the reelected president, as the redoubtable Dan Kennedy noted at Media Nation.

magjump2-popupTNR’s new owner crosses a line with Obama interview

The New York Times goes deep on The New Republic’s latest reinvention. I wrote a couple of pieces for the venerable magazine many years ago, and I wish it well. But I also wish Times reporter Christine Haughney had explored a conflict of interest in TNR’s relaunch: the participation of new owner Chris Hughes in a major interview with President Obama.

Now Hughes is apparently extending his largesse to any and all comers . . .

Read the rest at Sneak Adtack.


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1 Response to Is Chris Hughes Turning The New Republic Into Edvertorial?

  1. Bob Gardner says:

    It’s hard to believe that there were any ethical lines left to cross after the previous ownership. I’m not sure after reading Dan Kennedy’s post what new line Hughes crossed. Kennedy’s criticism seems measured, hedged, and caveated to the point of nullity.

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