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Times-Picayune ethical dilemma: Paying NFL players to tweet

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by hondo, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2011/10/times-picayune_parent_contract.html

    Don't like this on so many levels. Some thoughts from the story:

    1. If the business end of the Times-Pic thinks the paper's web site is so fuckin' great, why do they need to pay players to tweet about it?

    2. Wonder what Drew Brees will put on twitter if he throws four picks in a playoff game and gets ripped in the paper/web site?

    3. Somehow believing this is okay because you're upfront about the players getting paid doesn't mitigate the ethical problems. Does this mean if a guy wears a sign that says, "I'm a bank robber," it's okay to rob the bank?
     
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    That's good.
     
  3. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    Has anyone here seen any of the tweets from the players? I'm curious as to what the players are tweeting. Wouldn't surprise me if the boneheads from the paper's marketing department are writing the tweets themselves.
     
  4. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    And it happens all too often.
     
  5. jackandcoke

    jackandcoke Member

    A few of Drew Brees' tweets:

    Who Dats! If you didn't join the NOLA Saints community this morning at http://taps/oYlykS join now! #spon

    Join me and @jonvilma51 @lancemoore16 @T_Porter22 @Pierre_Thomas in the NOLA Saints community: http://taps.la/qloOxR

    Hey, Who Dat nation! Get the latest #Saints news at http://nola.com/saints: http://taps.la/oYlykS #endorser
     
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    The 10-day promotion ended Oct. 27, yes? Or was it renewed?
     
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