Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post comments should be directed at the problem of journalists agreeing to those rules, not the rules themselves.
The Kochs want the specific kind of coverage noted by Calderone, and he along with the rest of MSM will be quite happy to repeat that narrow coverage once the in-crowd of reporters is done enjoying rubbing elbows with all of that power.
But alas, what else is new with this current generation of suck ups known as journalists from NPR to FOX (and in reality their isn’t much difference) who have been known to agree to “ground rules” while reporting on the powerful.
It is fair game to criticize these people who willingly parrot frames that can be easily discovered to be absolute falsehoods. The big names from NPR to FOX do this bidding of the powerful for their own profit and “access” to that power game. They are intentionally invested in it, and should be criticized for being willing to play that game.
Will NPR reporting shine a light on the big money politics happening at that event? They will mention the little dust up somewhere along the way of parroting the lines submitted to them by their corporate sponsors, but that will be just about it.
Yes I’m completely aware that there exists a Deep State. I’m also aware that there are journalists who refuse to go along with that game.