Jonathan Chait--a senior editor at The New Republic, former assistant editor of the American Prospect, and incisive magazine journalist--thinks magazine awards are a "pathetic joke
." In a column titled "The Case Against Awards," he directs a blast against his industry's top laurels, which his own magazine has won:
In my field, we have something called the National Magazine Awards.
Magazine writers tend to be both obsessed with who wins and convinced
the process is a pathetic joke. This isn't just sour grapes, either.
The last time The New Republic won a National Magazine Award,
it was for publishing Betsy McCaughey's infamous anti-Clintoncare
screed "No Exit," which is probably the worst article in the history of
TNR. It's as if the last American to win the Nobel Peace Prize was
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