Grand Rapids Power Structure: Part VI – The Media

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Over the past few weeks we have been investigating the Grand Rapids Power Structure, beginning with a discussion about its framework in Part I; the most powerful family in Grand Rapids, the DeVos Family, in Part II and in Part III we looked at other members of the most powerful members of the private sector. In Part IV, we looked at the private sector organizations that have power and which individuals sit on the boards of those organizations. 

Last week, we looked at the next level of the Grand Rapids Power Structure, the local government, in Part VToday, we will investigate the role and function of the media, within Grand Rapids and how it serves power.

One significant misunderstanding about the media, specifically, the news media, is that it is often viewed through a liberal vs conservative lens. While there are nuances within various news…

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