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This article is about the U.S publication. For other newspapers, magazines, and alternate uses by the same name, see The Nation (disambiguation).
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</td></tr> <tr><th>Editor</th><td>Katrina vanden Heuvel</td></tr> <tr><th>Political allegiance</th><td>Liberal</td></tr> <tr><th>Circulation</th><td>184,000 per week</td></tr>
TypeWeekly Political Magazine

OwnerThe Nation Company L.P.
FoundedJuly 1865
Headquarters33 Irving Place
New York, New York 10003


The Nation (ISSN 0027-8378) is a weekly <ref> The magazine is published weekly, except for the second week in January, and biweekly the third week of July through the second week of September. </ref> U.S. periodical devoted to politics and culture, self-described as "the flagship of the left." <ref> Publisher's description on page about The Nation. Accessed 27 June 2006. </ref> Founded on July 6, 1865 as an Abolitionist publication, it is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. It is published by the Nation Company, L.P. at 33 Irving Place, New York City.

The Nation has bureaus in Budapest, London, and Southern Africa and departments covering Architecture, Art, Corporations, Defense, Environment, Films, Legal Affairs, Music, Peace and Disarmament, Poetry, and the United Nations. The circulation of The Nation is rising and was last placed at 184,296 (2004), surpassing the New Democrat The New Republic, the neoconservative The Weekly Standard, and the conservative National Review (circulation 155,584). The Nation magazine has lost money in all but three or four years of operation and is sustained in part by a group of more than 25,000 donors called the Nation Associates who donate funds to the periodical above and beyond their annual subscription fees.

The publisher and editor of The Nation is Katrina vanden Heuvel. Former editors include Victor Navasky, Norman Thomas (associate editor), Carey McWilliams, and Freda Kirchwey. Notable contributors to The Nation have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gore Vidal, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, James Baldwin, Clement Greenberg, Daniel Singer, I.F. Stone, and Jean-Paul Sartre.


[edit] Regular columns

Christopher Hitchens wrote the column "Minority Report" for twenty years; he resigned in 2003 over the magazine's ongoing anti-war position in relation to the Iraq war and War on Terror.

[edit] Notable recent events

The Nation Washington Editor, David Corn broke the Valerie Plame leak scandal in the summer of 2003 in the pages of The Nation after noting that journalist Robert Novak's blowing of the CIA operative's cover in a newspaper column could be a possible felony.

Former columnist Christopher Hitchens left in a widely publicized and vocal break with the magazine when it published a large number of letters from readers, who, Hitchens claimed, blamed America for the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In March 2005, the publication's United Nations correspondent, Ian Williams, was the subject of adverse publicity for accepting money from the UN while covering it for The Nation. Fox News Channel, Accuracy in Media and FrontPage Magazine criticized Williams and the publication. He and The Nation denied wrongdoing. <ref>Alyssa A. Lappen, Another U.N. Scandal, March 16, 2005. Accessed 27 June 2006.
Cliff Kincaid, Journalists Exposed on the U.N. Payroll; George Soros, Ted Turner Pay for Journalism Prizes, Accuracy in Media, February 15, 2005. Accessed 27 June 2006.
U.N. Reporters Group May Have Violated U.S. Immigration Law, Accuracy in Media press release, February 22, 2005. Accessed 27 June 2006.</ref>

In its November 28, 2005 issue, The Nation issued an endorsement policy for political candidates that stated that they would only endorse candidates who oppose the war in Iraq.

[edit] History

Abolitionists founded The Nation in July 1865 on "Newspaper Row" at 130 Nassau Street in Manhattan. At the time, Joseph H. Richards was the publisher and E.L. Godkin, a classical liberal critic of nationalism, imperialism, and socialism <ref>Edwin L. Godkin, The Eclipse of Liberalism, The Nation, August 9, 1900. Reproduced on the site of the Molinari Institute, accessed 27 June 2006.</ref>, was the editor. The magazine would stay at Newspaper Row for the next ninety years. Wendell Phillips Garrison, son of William Lloyd Garrison, was literary editor of the periodical from 1865 to 1906.

In 1881, newspaperman-turned-railroad-baron Henry Villard acquired The Nation and converted it into a weekly literary supplement for his daily newspaper the New York Evening Post. The offices of the magazine were moved to the Evening Post's headquarters at 210 Broadway. The New York Evening Post would later morph into a tabloid: the New York Post was a left-leaning afternoon tabloid under owner Dorothy Schiff from 1939 to 1976, and has been a conservative tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch since that time, while The Nation became known for its left-liberal politics.

In 1918, Henry's Villard's son, Oswald Garrison Villard, took over as editor of the magazine and sold the Evening Post. He remade The Nation into a current affairs publication and gave it a liberal orientation. When Albert Jay Nock, not long later, published a column criticizing Samuel Gompers and trade unions for being complicit in the war machine of the First World War, The Nation was briefly suspended.<ref>Template:Cite journal</ref>

New Nation publisher Hamilton Fish and then-editor Victor Navasky moved the weekly to 72 Fifth Avenue in June 1979. In June 1998, the periodical had to move to make way for condominium development. The offices of The Nation are now at 33 Irving Place.

[edit] Mission

According to The Nation's founding prospectus of 1865, "The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred."

[edit] Editorial Board

Norman Birnbaum, Richard Falk, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Randall Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Deborah Meier, Toni Morrison, Victor Navasky, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus G. Raskin, David Weir, and Roger Wilkins.

[edit] Notes

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