Has Goldman Sachs Bought Off Making Sen$e?

BY Paul Solman  August 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM EDT

People are reflected in glass as they walk past Goldman Sachs
People are reflected in glass as they walk past Goldman Sachs headquarters. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images.

Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here are Thursday’s queries:

Two questions today, one answer.

Name: Bryan

Question: Very nice interview with Barofsky. Interesting that this “public” television interview was prefaced by PR from Goldman Sachs. Independent journalism?

Name: John Llewellyn

Question: The Foaming the Landing for Banks story was prefaced by an ad for Goldman Sachs. What a strange contradiction of the story!

Paul Solman: Well, OK, maybe Llewellyn is simply noting an admittedly odd juxtaposition of the financial giant and our web outtake of the former TARP cop. But do you suppose, Bryan, that Goldman Sachs dictated the Barofsky interview? And if so, don’t you wonder why, since it was so critical of financial institutions like Goldman? So yes, “independent journalism” indeed. I don’t mean to sound defensive, but it was rather a vivid example of independence, I’d say. Do others disagree?

As usual, look for a second post here on Making Sen$e early this afternoon. But please don’t blame us if events or technology make that impossible. This entry is cross-posted on the Rundown- NewsHour’s blog of news and insight.