The Nation: Also In Trouble?

cornnation.jpgWe reported earlier on Human Events troubles thanks to new postal rate increases. Now The Nation is asking for help too.

From an email sent out by AlterNet:

    One of our family members is in trouble, and it is important that we all help. The Nation Magazine, a long-time content partner of AlterNet, is getting slammed by a postal rate increase to the tune of half a million dollars. Now that’s not chump change. And surprise, surprise, the rates were proposed by Time Warner; and the big corporate magazines won’t be hit by big increases. Please take a moment and read the letter below from David Corn, a writer whose work has appeared on AlterNet many times. David gives you all the inside details on this travesty, as only a good journalist can. AlterNet readers love many of the Nation articles we post. So please, if you can, make a contribution today and support our extended family.

Corn sent out his own email:

    I’ve never written a fundraising letter — not counting the few notes I sent my parents when I was in college. I’m a journalist. I write articles and books — about politics, national security, and the world around us. And I’m damn lucky; I get paid to do so by The Nation. But our legendary magazine has been hit by a fiscal crisis — one caused by the sort of institutional Washington corruption I often cover — and I’ve been asked by our publishing team to ask people like you, who care about independent media, for help. Please click here to pitch in.

    Teresa Stack, The Nation’s president, explains the crisis this way: Postal regulators have accepted a scheme designed in part by lobbyists for the Time-Warner media conglomerate. In short, mailing costs for mega-magazines like Time-Warner’s own Time, People and Sports Illustrated will go up less than other magazines or even decrease. But smaller publications like The Nation will be hit by an enormous rate increase of half a million dollars a year.

    For The Nation, $500,000 a year is a lot of money. Believe me, I know. I’ve been working at the magazine for over 20 years. The pay ain’t great. But there are few media outlets that allow their writers and reporters the freedom to go beyond the headlines and take on the powers that be — to ask inconvenient questions and pursue uncomfortable truths.