A long time ago, a mate who works in the industry told me that if you want any freebies, you have to toe the line regardless if you are in Victoria and NSW.
This was especially important when it came to carnival time as some of the marquee invitations were based on how much publicity the sponsors were going to get.
Thus that is why the media in the last few years have been reluctant to do anything negative.
The Weir, cobalt, Opera house saga handling by the various Racing authorities have never been questioned as a result.
Anyone associated with sports journalism knows that any negative stories about clubs or players will get you barred or ignored when it comes to stories.
We see it in politics etc.