Comments on: Junket of the day, Barcelona edition A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: rossjamesparker Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:23:49 +0000 Felix, maybe you would feel more sympathetic if he were invited to a free fine wine tasting, then wrote a post about how pretentious it all was the next day?

By: BoringCommenter Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:09:12 +0000 Henry Blodget is a fascinating example of how being catastrophically wrong is no drawback whatsoever, and how expertise in journalism is primarily confidence trick. What more could he have done to lose credibility?

By: Curmudgeon Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:21:25 +0000 Having cut what tech journalist teeth I have in an era when any hint at a conflict of interest was grounds for war, I understand where you’re coming from. However, times have changed, and cultures are different, especially when you’re talking about B2B media. I don’t think any of us truly know what the rules should be today.

I do know that the relationships between tech journalists and the companies they cover are different in other parts of the world. I’ve seen what seem to be pretty cozy relationships in Europe, but that doesn’t seem to imply an obligation for favorable reporting. Is that an acceptable model? I don’t know.

I’ve taken my share of press junkets, but having been on both sides of the divide (now in a tech marketing capacity at a software company), I’ve learned not to take anything for granted.

By: fxtrader14 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:06:26 +0000 I think this is being a little bit holier than thou… The journo is now at the mobile conference reporting on all new products and new stuff, not just Samsung’s. Ok, they paid for it. And sure the disclosure is free ad for them. But I don’t think it’s a big deal. Plus in a world were media firms are often struggling to make money, whether companies pay for journalists to attend conferences or give that same amount in ad money hardly matters – at the end of the day, the media owners are in a catch 22. Like it or not, media owners are for-profit, so are companies – and the ones with the biggest ad/pr budgets are often able to “buy” coverage.
Seen the blog post about Ferrari’s PR practices? been going on for years, yet journos took it cause that was the only way they could drive new Ferraris…
I really think audiences are much more savvy that people give them credit for. In any case, this is just gadgets.

By: dbsmith1 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:12:14 +0000 “it does mark TBI as being a little more ethically flexible than most reputable media outlets”

Felix, as a frequent TBI reader, I totally agree with this statement.

My impression of Blodget, based on his posts and the content he publishes, is that Henry has no moral compass, whatsoever. He’s a straw in the wind and most likely to adopt the views and opinions of whomever he last spoke with.

Frommer is an idiot, too. I don’t think anyone in the tech space takes his posts seriously.

IMO TBI has deteriorated from a good source of business news to a trashy gossip site in the past year. During the financial crisis it was good reading; these days, not so much.

By: pat30068 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:06:48 +0000 Behavioral study after behavioral study indicates that humans routinely feel the need to reciprocate. We like things to be even. This applies to Congress people and bloggers equally and for them say they are not influenced is delusional.

Before retirement I worked at Big Pharma company and had ample opportunity to partake of ‘presents’. I found out in my first few months there that it was far easier to say Nothing Ever than to have to decide every time something was offered if it was graft or not.