After the New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane received a pitch for NYT gadget guru’s David Pogue’s speech to PR professionals “in which he credits PR with providing most of his ideas” which was available for viewing online for the low, low price of $159, he made some inquiries.
Apparently those inquiries have since lead to a NYT Times internal review and as a result Pogue has now been “barred from making any more speeches like this one to public relations professionals.”
Nothing like having your own public editor out you.
So why hasn’t he been outed before now? Turns out Pogue is actually a freelancer for the NYT, not a staffer and as such works under different (presumably looser rules).
But not loose enough.
“Philip B. Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, noted that under the policy freelancers are held to the same standards as staff members “when they are on Times assignments. In this case, he wasn’t on assignment for The Times. Nevertheless, Corbett and his Times colleagues concluded the “Pitch Me, Baby” speech wasn’t appropriate. “Obviously, a popular columnist like David is identified closely with The Times,” he added, “so it’s important that he take care to avoid conflicts of interest that could reflect on his Times work. At the same time, by definition, freelancers take on engagements separate from their work for us, and we try to be reasonable in allowing them to do so.”
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