When the New Republic in September announced the hiring of Guy Vidra as the magazine’s new CEO, it mentioned:
In a centennial celebration for the New Republic last month, Vidra spoke enthusiastically about the future of the magazine and, along the way, pronounced the last name of then-Editor-in-Chief Frank Foer as if the latter had “an entrance hall or other open area in a building used by the public, especially a hotel or theater.”
At the moment, the two publications couldn’t be more opposite on the editorial front. The Daily Caller touts itself as a “24-hour news publication”; the New Republic just sustained a massive newsroom desertion over fears that Vidra and Publisher Chris Hughes may be pushing the magazine toward a “24-hour news publication,” instead of the lofty, thoughtful journal of ideas that it has been. For more differences, please see their websites.
We’ve asked Vidra what lessons he has learned at the Daily Caller that can be applied to the new New Republic.