Steven Brill sat down with The New York Observer last week to talk about a wide variety of media issues, including his new, tantalizingly undefined project with former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. While he was at it, he shared his less-than-flattering opinion of Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic.
Brill’s falling-out with Hughes dates back to 2012, when Hughes, who had just acquired the magazine, met with Brill and bought, sight unseen, his magnum opus on health care costs, promising that it would grace the cover of the relaunch issue.
I went home and told my wife that I was going to do that health care thing for The New Republic. She said, “God, are you a schmuck.