The Press: New New Republic

Oldtime readers of the New Republic raised their eyebrows. For the first time in its 31 years, the opinionated weekly journal of opinion had daubed make-up on its sallow, paper-towel complexion, political cartoons on its restyled cover. Inside, it had jazzed up its austere format like a C.I.O. house organ, had even started a chummy column of office gossip. Recently it stepped farther out of character to buy radio commercials, brazenly courting a mass audience.

What had got into the New Republic? The change was more than skin deep. On a magazine which had...

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