Intelligencer’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2023

Photo: Clockwise from left: Mark Harris; Photo: @CobraTate/Instagram, Kagan McLeod, Ian Allen, JOHN TAGGART/The New York Times/REDUX, Adam Maida/Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, Landon Nordeman

This year things got pretty weird in the halls of power, so it’s no surprise that Intelligencer readers sought out stories that tried to make sense of all the upheaval. Our list of the most popular stories of 2023, which is measured by total collective minutes of audience engagement, includes inside looks at corporate implosions, from Rupert Murdoch dumping top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson to Elon Musk driving Twitter off a cliff. Other entries expose the secrets surrounding some of the world’s most powerful families, from what really happened to JFK to what it’s like to be a real-life prince (utterly bonkers, according to Prince Harry). And of course, between his thirsty final campaign to his instantly iconic mug shot, Donald Trump continued to dominate the political discourse — though George Santos supplied more than his fair share of made-for-reality-TV drama.

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By Margaret Hartmann

Photo: Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

In Spare, Harry says William attacked him, claims he killed 25 Taliban fighters, and shares lots of details we didn’t need to know about his penis. Read the story …

By Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean

Photo: JOHN TAGGART/The New York Times/REDUX

A key lesson of the pandemic. Read the story …

By Zoë SchifferCasey Newton, and Alex Heath

Illustration: Kagan McLeod

Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the platform against impulsive ranting billionaires — then one made himself the CEO. Read the story …

By Bianca Fortis and Laura Beil

Illustration: Mark Harris

How Columbia University ignored women, undermined prosecutors, and allowed one of its OB/GYNs to abuse hundreds of patients. Read the story …

By Michael Wolff

Illustration: Jeffrey Smith

Rupert Murdoch didn’t want to dump his ratings leader and favorite Fox host. But was Tucker Carlson giving him a choice? Read the story …

By Elizabeth Weil

Photo: Ian Allen

And a chatbot is not a human. And a linguist named Emily M. Bender is very worried what will happen when we forget this. Read the story …

By Eric Levitz


To advocate effectively on behalf of Palestinians, progressives must not forfeit their moral authority. Read the story …

By David Pogue

Photo: David Pogue

Unraveling the enigma of Stockton Rush — and understanding the Titan tragedy. Read the story …

By Lisa Miller

Illustration: Mark Harris; Photo:@CobraTate/Instagram

What a generation of boys have found in Andrew Tate’s extreme male gospel. Read the story …

By Andrew Rice

Photo-Illustration: Adam Maida/Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

After a decade of punking liberals with hidden-camera stings, James O’Keefe becomes the story. Read the story …

By John Herrman

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer

Why does it feel like the company is making itself worse? Read the story …

By Olivia Nuzzi

Illustration: Zohar Lazar for New York Magazine

Inside Donald Trump’s sad, lonely, thirsty, broken, basically pretend run for reelection. (Which isn’t to say he can’t win.) Read the story …

By Danielle Carr

Photo: Frankie Alduino

How Bessel van der Kolk’s once controversial theory of trauma became the dominant way we make sense of our lives. Read the story …

By Margaret Hartmann and Nia Prater

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Donald Trump finally got his money shot, along with 18 co-defendants. Here are all the photos released by Georgia’s Fulton County Jail. Read the story …

By Rebecca Traister

Photo: Philip Montgomery

How a conspiracy-spewing literal Kennedy posing as a populist outsider jolted the Democratic Party. Read the story …

By Intelligencer Staff

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty Images

Court filings in the now-settled case brought by Dominion reveal messages from Rupert Murdoch, Tucker Carlson, and others. Read the story …

By Jen Wieczner

Photo: Landon Nordeman

Inside a banking mutiny. Read the story …

By Paul Murray

Photo: Paul Murray

Searching for friends in Mark Zuckerberg’s deserted fantasyland. Read the story …

By Matt Stieb and Margaret Hartmann

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Navigating the many exaggerations and falsehoods from the former New York congressman, who is now facing 23 federal criminal charges. Read the story …

By Scott Sayare

Photo: JFK Assassination Records Collection (Oswald) & CIA FOIA files (Joannides)

How a dogged journalist proved that the CIA lied about Oswald and Cuba — and spent decades covering it up. Read the story …

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