Why Is This Magazine’s Editorial Board Fighting So Hard Against The “Diversity of the Marketplace”?
by Richard Cohen, National Review staff writerThe editorial board of The Atlantic magazine has joined the chorus of people who are calling for the editorial page to “diversity of advertisers” and for the magazine to be more open about its relationship with advertisers.
In a series of posts over the past few weeks, the editorial board has been decrying “the constant barrage of vitriol and bullying” against the media and its advertisers by advertisers who have criticized the coverage they receive from the publication.
The editorial page has long been critical of the way the media has covered the 2016 election and President Donald Trump.
The editorial board was also critical of Trump’s recent attempts to limit the amount of media coverage that could be released before the November 8 election.
But the tone has taken a dramatic turn since the publication of the first batch of leaked internal documents.
The Atlantic is the only mainstream media outlet to have been named by President Trump as a target for advertisers.
The publication’s editors have been under attack from the president for a series for months over a series that reported on the “unmasking” of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Richard Gates, by the FBI.
The administration has since fired an FBI agent who was investigating the dossier, alleging it was used to justify Trump’s election loss.
In March, The Atlantic published a piece calling for more press freedoms in the United States, but also criticizing Trump for his attempts to restrict the flow of information and press.
On Wednesday, the Atlantic’s editorial board wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic titled “The War on Journalism” in which they called for more open reporting about the news, but warned against the dangers of “politicizing” the news.
They called on the magazine’s editors to “think again” about the “diverse advertisers who pay us.”
They wrote:The editorial boards’ position, however, has not been shared by all of its advertisers.
Several of the most popular advertisers in the country are also members of the editorial boards, including the National Rifle Association, the American Beverage Association, and the National Restaurant Association.
The Atlantic has previously published an oped by the NRA that called for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the November election, but the NRA has not published a similar piece in TheAtlantic.
The National Restaurant Council has also not publicly weighed in on the editorial pages comments.
However, the NRA did write an op ed in March that criticized the editorial and its editorial board members for “trying to silence” Trump.
In its statement to National Review, the National Retail Federation said the editorial was “in the best interest of consumers” and said it “strongly supports” the editorial.
“Our members are the backbone of our communities and their support for our brands and our brands are critical to our success,” said the group.
“The editorial team’s position is in the best interests of consumers, as consumers support their brands, and our advertisers support their advertisers,” it added.
“We also strongly support the National Basketball Association and its leadership team for standing up for its players and their livelihoods.”