LEAVING THE REPUBLIC: Timothy Noah, a senior editor at The New Republic who was responsible for one of the magazine’s opening columns, TRB, tweeted Friday he’d been fired. “Don’t have a clue why. Anybody got a job?” he said.
Noah was hired in 2011 by then editor Richard Just, who after urging new owner Chris Hughes to buy the magazine, was himself pushed out by his new boss. Noah succeeded Jonathan Chait, who left the political journal full time to join New York magazine; he’s stayed on as a contributing editor.
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Noah began his career at The New Republic as an intern in 1980, but became best known while at Slate, where he earned a National Magazine award nomination for his writing on health care.
His TRB column was the first feature readers came across in The New Republic following the traditional opening editorial. After Hughes bought the magazine last March, it underwent a redesign that made its debut in late January. The column survived the changes but was moved to inside the front-of-book section, The Mall. Noah’s last piece appeared in the March 25 issue, and he had been, as was his custom, blogging regularly for the site.
Noah told the Huffington Post that Frank Foer, TNR’s editor, informed him Friday his column wasn’t a “good fit for the direction the magazine is going in.” Noah and Foer did not respond to requests for comment.
In a statement, Foer thanked Noah for his contributions, describing him as “a strong voice for liberalism and a rigorous columnist.”