Media pundits slam NYT’s David Pogue for taking part in Ragan seminar

They question whether Pogue is violating the Times’ ethics policy. The CEO of Ragan Communications has said the controversy surprises him.

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Forbes, The New York Observer,, and The Business Insider have published blog posts or articles questioning whether Pogue is breaking the Times‘ ethics policy for his part in a Ragan-hosted webcast.

Jeff Bercovici, the media columnist at Forbes, characterized Pogue’s involvement in the seminar as running afoul of the Times‘ rules on “steering clear of advice roles.” That portion of the policy (part of which Bercovici quoted in his story) states:

“It is an inherent conflict for a journalist to perform public relations work, paid or unpaid. Staff members may not counsel individuals or organizations on how to deal successfully with the news media.

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