Major political news outlets are offering for-sale interviews at DNC and RNC conventions

Some political media outlets are offering special interviews and events with editorial staffers at the presidential conventions — for a fee. Lobbyists for the oil industry, for example, are picking up the tab for leading Beltway publications to host energy policy discussions, including The Atlantic and Politico. Some journalism experts say there are “ethical red flags,” but The Atlantic doesn’t see it that way: “We do not defer any of that control to event underwriters,” Anna C. Bross, senior director of communications with The Atlantic, said in a statement to The Intercept. “Our events are produced by an Atlantic editorial team, which has full control over speakers selected and panels produced, and events are moderated by journalists.”