Chicago News Cooperative editor Jim O’Shea has responded to Geoff Dougherty’s claim that the MacArthur Foundation-CNC relationship soured because the nonprofit news outlet “had enough reporters and know-how to cause problems with MacArthur buddies at City Hall.” He writes in an email:
Even a cursory amount of reporting would show that to be totally untrue. No one at the foundation ever complained or interfered with our coverage in any way. At all times, MacArthur and everyone involved in our relationship acted with integrity and professionalism. Any inference to the contrary is completely wrong. MacArthur never reneged on any commitments to the CNC. The decision on the kind of funding the foundation would consider for us was motivated totally by our tax status.