I’m not going to make a big deal out of this because, in all fairness, it may have been out of necessity. And while I grew up in metro Detroit with access to CBC, I don’t know the inner workings of the Canadian media — so it’s possible that they have different rules for disclosure or don’t care, but should Debbie have disclosed to the media and her readers that there might be a conflict of interest in suggesting Richard Edelman as someone to speak to BNN considering they paid for her to go to China?
Again, it might not be a huge issue, but I would think that if BNN wanted to talk to a CEO who’s blogging they might be able to find a CEO who’s not too busy to comment and not an SVP from a PR firm.
And contrary to his opinion given in this clip, Steve Jobs should be blogging. Steve Jobs is a fucking rock star. People pay top dollar to have dinner with the guy and would give their first born to talk to him. Hell, why do you think the Fake Steve Jobs blog does so well? Sure, it’s well written but ultimately there’s a hugely curious fascination with the man and people want to know what goes on in the head of Steve Jobs – even if it is fake.
Takeaway for all the n00bs out there: Full disclosure is never a bad thing. And blogging is not about being on the defensive or feeling misunderstood.