In addition, we identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events. We will separately report on those investigations as they are concluded, consistent with the Inspector General Act, other applicable federal statutes, and OIG policy.
I remember trying to pitch a journal article for one FBI publication on how to deal with the press, way back in the early Aughts. They were quite haughty in their decline, and now we can see why: because they perhaps wanted some goodies to go along with the media requests.
This is a very bad revelation, and may have gone unnoticed, but as journalism's fortunes have been decimated, keeping the serious scandals from leaking out have been quashed. First came #MeToo revelations, and now buttering up government officials into potentially breaking the law to go after newsmakers the media's handlers do not like.
Tip of the iceberg, kids. The FBI may have to be renamed and completely overhauled in order not to have the rot of journalism completely destroy their credibility in the dark bargain. (Got that, Homeland Security?)