There’s damage control. And then there’s supreme damage control.
In the wake of all that New Republic business, owner Chris Hughes has been talking to “remaining staffers,” NPR’s David Folkenflik and Fusion’s Felix Salmon. Here’s what the media exec now being compared to The Newsroom‘s B.J. Novak character told Salmon about reports of TNR relocating to NYC:
Hughes rejects the idea that he’s moving the magazine to New York: The New Republic is still going to have politics at its core, he says, and as such the DC bureau isn’t going anywhere. But the fact remains that the owner, the CEO and the editor are all going to be based in New York — and anybody who’s ever worked at a publication with New York and DC offices knows what that means. There will be tensions and turf wars, the New Yorkers will win those battles and the DC crew will grow ever-larger chips on their shoulders.
At another point in the convo, Hughes dodged Salmon’s question about the future of erudite long-form at TNR. All in all, it’s certainly a long way from what Hughes was blogging about this time last year.