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How do you feel about this?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by PalmettoStatesport, May 13, 2007.

  1. Last night, I covered an ARCA race, and I noticed that a writer next to me in the media center kept coming back with hats from the garage areas. I asked him about it, and he said, "I interviewed the drivers and asked for a hat."
    Is this wrong?
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Unbelievably so. What the hell is wrong with people these days?
  4. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    Yes, it's wrong. However, if you're an entertainment writer and talk a hot actress into a roll in the sack after an interview that's completely different. Wrong, yes, but well worth it!
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It's not so much that it's wrong -- it is -- as why that person doesn't feel like a complete and utter dweeb for asking.
  6. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Too bad outing is frowned upon ...

    I'd sent my writer home for a few days if somebody did that on my watch.
  7. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    ARCA racing is not the assignment that the top talent in the newsroom is begging to be sent to.
    Writers who wind up covering this stuff (not you Henry) might fit the mold of propositioning their subjects for memorabilia.
  8. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    You know what, I didn't really factor in the level, but that's a good point.
  9. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    It's always wrong to take stuff. It's always egregiously wrong to ask for it.

    That said, auto racing is a swag-rich environment generally, compared to other sports. There's an awful lot of promotional crap floating around in every series - thanks, of course, to all those corporate sponsors. And for the less morally rigorous among our colleagues, it's apparently quite difficult to resist.
  10. blueview

    blueview Member

    Regurgitating this thread ...

    Just saw a hockey championship photo online ... and noticed that one of the reporters who covers the team was square in the background, wearing a team hat and grinning.

    I sure know how to feel about that. *rolls eyes* As one of my friends put it - "just put that picture in the dictionary next to the phrase 'conflict of interest.' "
  11. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    Is this a generational problem? Just cause, I notice it happens a lot with the younger generation.
  12. It's certainly a stupid problem ... I notice it happens a lot with stupid people.
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