It couldn’t be because he was so low profile. Only three days after a New York Times magazine profile, The New Republic’s editor-in-chief Martin Peretz has been named the “editor-in-chief” emeritus. In an announcement on TNR’s website, Peretz said he has “hardly ever edited” an article for the magazine, but his “vision” has helped define TNR since 1974. Peretz writes a highly controversial blog, The Spine, for the liberal-leaning magazine, which he said he will continue to write “when the spirit moves me,” as he wants to write longer and more in-depth pieces. Peretz posted on The Spine about the Middle East riots only minutes after the announcement.