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NY Times criticized for letting Pogue maintain Apple bias

by Tom Johnson on Sep 7, 2009 •
categories: blogging technical-writing

Techcrunch says the New York Times' ethics policy of distance and objectivity contradicts their acceptance of David Pogue as an Apple fan boy. Journalists must maintain more distance and objectivity. This criticism reminds me of the case of Chez Pazienza, a CNN blogger fired for expressing views on his blog that contrasted with CNN's more conservative outlook. This is perhaps a subtle danger of blogging: holding views on your personal blog that conflict with your company's views. I wasn't that familiar with Chez, but certainly Pogue is far too popular and engaging for the New York Times to ever consider getting rid of without a huge media backfire.

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