Don’t Miss Monday's Star-Studded Media Panel

Discussion will address the political climate and how CUs can improve interactions with news outlets.

February 23, 2014

Tucker Carlson isn’t a fan of pretense—or equivocation, for that matter. Whether expressing his views on the Fox News Channel or as editor-in-chief of his website, The Daily Caller, the political news commentator challenges the nation’s leaders and delivers provocative perspectives that leave zero room for debate about his (primarily conservative) stance on the issues.

“What I despise most about the legacy media isn’t just that they’re mindlessly liberal, though they are,” Carlson tells POLITICO, “but that they’re conventional and boring and unwilling to report unfashionable truths. That’s death.”

Expect some invigorating conversation, then, when Carlson enters the crossfire with POLITICO tax policy reporter Lauren French and financial reporter Ylan Mui of The Washington Post at this afternoon’s General Session. Their panel discussion will address the political climate and how credit unions can improve interactions with news outlets to better convey the credit union difference.

French’s ability to quickly churn out reams of powerful copy on significant developments once prompted a D.C. media column titled, “Hey, POLITICO: How about giving Lauren French a raise?”

The George Washington University graduate has occupied a front-row seat on Congress’s ambitious attempts to remake the tax code. She wrote an article documenting the unusual scope and aggressiveness of the campaign waged by banks against the credit union tax status.

“Most businesses lobbying to sway the looming legislation to overhaul the tax code will focus on preserving their own tax perks—not shooting down their rivals,” French wrote. “Not so with some of the nation’s banks.”

Mui covers the Federal Reserve Board and the economy at a pivotal time, as the Fed’s first female chair, Janet Yellen, seeks to accelerate the steady but slow post-recessionary recovery.

Previously, Mui wrote about subprime lending, consumer finance, retail, and education.

A question-and-answer period with the audience will follow the discussion.