Is the media ‘free’ by its institutional structure to produce work that doesn’t reflect the interests of those who fund it? Not at Politico’s 2011 Awards Dinner.
Seven major corporations are sponsoring Politico’s Pro’s Policy + Politics Conference and Awards Dinner (‘PSquared’) on Tuesday, December 6. They represent three major industries: auto (energy,) high-tech, and health (finance,) all of whom have extensive influence over the political system.
According to Politico:
PSquared will highlight the ups, downs, debates and decisions that shaped politics and policymaking in 2011 and honor POLITICO Policymakers of the Year in the Energy, Health Care and Technology fields.
The corporate sponsors include BMW, Qualcomm, Rolls-Royce, and the Entertainment Software Association.
PSquared will be honoring Congressman Paul Ryan, who was awarded the 2011 Healthcare Policy of the Year title. One might assume that his proposal to eliminate Medicare was the clincher.
Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller recently accused Politico of left-wing bias after its discovery that its contributors often appear on MSNBC . And they do. Politico can go on MSNBC and pretend to be a credible news organization, while MSNBC gets to pretend that it’s left-wing and populist because it airs Politico reporters twice a day.
It works out for everyone but the audiences, which seems to happen a lot in political journalism.