Comments on: Conflict disclosure of the day, Forbes edition http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21453 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 04:49:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21453 DanHess, pity historians whining about “imperialism” were not as forgiving.

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By: DanHess http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21445 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:47:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21445 Countries are a little different from individuals. When they tell their creditors to go to fly a kite and it is time for sovereign collections.

The historical recourse in this situation is to go enter the debtor nation without asking and take ownership of what you need. For instance if you are trying to collect war debts after World War I, you could go in and assume ownership of factories the Ruhr Valley. The debtor nation would completely understand, because debts are debts, after all.

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By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21436 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:12:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21436 So if you just happen to be innately biased thats fine but you should disclose every single possible source of income or possible income? You think this group just picked a random guy and offered him money or do you think they picked someone who already believed what he said and paid him to do tart it up and present it?

Reminds me in the aftermath of the research scandal that interviewers were asking every analyst if they had any commercial relationship with the company under discussion and one SG analyst said “your viewers should assume on any topic that if we aren’t already doing business we are working round the clock to remedy that situation”.

Personally, I would rather go on the facts and arguments presented rather than their “biases”.

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By: MattJ http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21435 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:07:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21435 Perhaps I’m misreading the post, but have you presented any evidence (other than your long-held assumption) that Scott is a paid partisan?

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By: TomWest http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21430 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 12:03:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21430 > You get paid by Reuters, does that mean you won’t offend
> media companies and financial institutions who are the
> largest clients of Reuters?

The important distinction is we *know* Felix gets paid by Reuters, so the reader can choose to account for whatever bias we feel might be present because of that.

Being paid is not the crime. Failing to disclose it so that readers can’t use this information to inform their perception of the piece is.

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By: SGKingsley http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21429 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 09:48:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21429 Surely there is nothing wrong with Argentina pay? The Argentine government is scum when it comes to dealing with creditors.

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By: Danny_Black http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21426 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 02:42:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21426 Unsympathetic, isn’t it Mr Salmon’s job to do so?

Is there any actual issue you have with the article Mr Scott published? You get paid by Reuters, does that mean you won’t offend media companies and financial institutions who are the largest clients of Reuters? I suspect in alot of these “conflict” cases the academic has been picked because he believes what he is writing anyway.

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By: Unsympathetic http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21423 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 23:15:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21423 Eric:

Were you paid by Hal Scott? It’s not Felix’s job to do MORE work; rather, it’s Hal’s job to reveal his sources of funding. Alternatively, Hal Scott has zero academic credibility.

Of course, Argentina’s entire effort falls apart if they don’t have “intellectually neutral” backers of their position, so Hal’s paper isn’t exactly unexpected.

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By: ericinaustin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/01/conflict-disclosure-of-the-day-forbes-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-21420 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 22:28:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6382#comment-21420 Felix:

Why don’t you call him and ask him?

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