Gee, you don't think the U.S. News Debate Club has left itself open to accusations bias on the topic of Arctic drilling, do you?
Note that I had to close the full-screen Shell Oil pop-up ad just to take the screen shot of the U.S. News Debate Club sponsored by Shell Oil featuring additional sidebar ads for Shell Oil.
Royal Dutch Shell just received rights from the Obama administration to drill in the Arctic Sea (with a comically bad oil disaster response plan.)
When you talk to journalists about this stuff, they get REALLY defensive. Of course I don't let the sponsors who support my salary influence my coverage!
But a referee would tell you home crowds don't influence calls, either - and studies show they do.