MacArthur Unsure of What to Do With Public Donations for Harper’s


After members of Harper’s magazine’s new editorial union took to the Internet for a pledge drive to see if they could raise enough money to keep owner John “Rick” MacArthur from firing two popular editors, they managed to rake in $30,000. But it may not matter, because MacArthur might not accept the cash. “For better or for worse, I am the best guarantor of the editorial and political independence of Harper’s Magazine,” he told Jeff Bercovici. “I don’t want to take money from people of modest incomes, and I certainly don’t want to accept corporate or foundation money that, too often, comes with strings attached.” [Mixed Media/Forbes] [Ed: This post was modified from the original version.]