Various outlets routinely praised The New Republic “legendary” editor Leon Wieseltier, who now faces a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Wieseltier admitted to a series of “misdeeds” against women Tuesday after former female employees at The New Republic alleged receiving “sloppy kisses” from Wieseltier, and being on the receiving end of sexually graphic comments and questions about their sex lives, The New York Times reported.
Here are 9 times Wieseltier was held up as a “legendary figure:”
1.) “Legendary literary editor Leon Wieseltier exited as well,” reported The Washington Post in 2016.
2.) “An interview with The New Republic’s legendary literary editor,” noted Prospect Magazine in 2013.
3.) “Wieseltier ruled a sort of archipelago of learnedness in the magazine’s back pages—haunted by its own testy thoroughgoing-ness, dense with type and argument, and deliberately off-putting,” said New York Mag in 2012.
4.) “At [The New Republic], I was lucky enough to work for the legendary literary editor and Washington personality Leon Wieseltier, an imposing figure with a shock of unruly white hair and a mental Rolodex of apt ideas on everything from Henry James to hot dogs,” writer Becca Rothfeld said in The New Statesmen in 2015.
5.) “Leon Wieseltier: The last of the New York intellectuals,” reads a headline from The Week in 2014.
6.) “And that is when, I hope, Leon Wieseltier, who served as the magazine’s literary editor for 31 years, will receive the benediction he deserves,” the 2014 The Week article said.
7.) “But there can be no question that he ran one of the most important enterprises in American letters. His departure from The New Republic marks the end of an era,” according to The Institute on Religion and Public Life in 2014.
8.) “But no one else in Washington, nor precious few outlets anywhere, does what Leon did with the back of the book. Leon cared about culture and about ideas, not as adornment, but as ends in themselves,” reported The Hill in 2014.
9.) “Legendary literary editor, Leon Wieseltier,” said The Nation in 2010.
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