Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Defends His Approach At The New Republic


The New Republic, the political magazine that was purchased by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes a couple of years ago, has seen resignations from numerous writers and editors in the past couple of days — from the outside, it looks like another clash between the values of tech entrepreneurs and traditional journalism.

The exodus was spurred by the departure of New Republic editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier, but it sounds like tension has been building for a while. For example, The Daily Beast heard about a recent meeting where new CEO Guy Vidra (formerly of Yahoo News) alienated senior staffers by offering nothing but “Silicon Valley jargon.”

Now Hughes has written an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he lays out his perspective. (The Post, incidentally, was also acquired recently by a tech executive.)

Hughes argues that portraying the dispute as a case of…

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