Headline RoundupSeptember 8th, 2022

Politico’s New Owner Under Fire for Email Complimenting Trump Administration

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Politico (Lean Left Bias), the online news publication that was recently acquired by German media company Axel Springer, is in the headlines after the Washington Post (Lean Left Bias) published a profile of Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner, a media mogul leading the push to steer Politico towards more neutral news coverage.

The profile outlines Döpfner’s perspective on the state and future of political journalism, including his "contrarian" bet that centrist news reporting is not only the right call in terms of fair reporting, but the smart move economically for a publication.

The part of the profile that media outlets across the spectrum latched onto was an email sent by Döpfner to company executives prior to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. In the email, Döpfner asks “do we all want to get together for an hour in the morning on November 3 and pray that Donald Trump will again become President of the United States of America?” The comment, which Döpfner initially denied before saying he was joking, appeared to be in response to the U.S. government suing Google for abuse of market dominance.

The profile was covered more heavily by left-rated outlets, with right rated outlets mainly covering response from the left. The email regarding Trump was the primary topic of headlines, with many on the left deeming Döpfner’s nonpartisan mission to be compromised by his privately-voiced support of the former president. Outlets across the spectrum drew connections to recent efforts from CNN (Left Bias) to move towards more centrist news content.

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