The American Conservative and The American Prospect move in together

Even in the most dire economic situation, can you imagine the Heritage Foundation and the Center for American Progress sharing office space? 

Well that’s what two equally left-right diametrically opposed media outlets have done.

The American Conservative moved into the offices of the liberal American Prospect Dec. 27 under a six-month lease, The New York Times reports. The deal began with an August lunch between the magazines’ publishers, Jay Harris of the Prospect and Wick Allison of the Conservative. 

A cash-strapped American Prospect that faced a shut-down last spring found an American Conservative that was looking to get out of Arlington. 

How will it work?

“We have a water fountain labeled conservatives only,” joked Mr. Harris, who cleared the idea with his staff. “We turned to the staff and said, ‘Would you be comfortable?’ To a person, the folks who responded said, ‘Our values are pretty different, but we have a lot of respect for what The American Conservative does journalistically.’ ”

What they lack in ideological viewpoint, the two nonprofit monthlies make up for in an independent, establishment-bucking mind-set. Each has faced the sort of downsizing that has become all too common in the print world.

(h/t David Plotz)

Corrections: A previous version of this post said that The American Prospect was the publishing partner of the progressive think tank, Demos. The two organizations no longer have a partnership.

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