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July 6, 2011
Pogue's Pitchman Energies Produce a Times Entente
David Pogue's personal PR activities may have been going overboard, as far as his editors at The New York Times are concerned. Pogue seems to agree, for he's cooling his speechmaking. As Arthur S. Brisbane explains in The Times' Public Editor's Journal, Pogue is now "barred from making any more speeches like the one set for a Ragan Communications online Media Relations Summit July 11, which Pogue titles "Pitch Me, Baby."

Pogue, The Times' popular tech columnist, is a freelancer at the paper, not a staff member. But the ancestral tensions between media and PR have flared up anyway. Pogue was apparently considered in violation of The Times' ethics policy, something that doesn't go over well at that eminent news junction. Pogue apparently told his editor that he got permission to address the Ragan meeting "several years ago. However, the origins of the permission were unclear..."

Better for you to get this directly from the Brisbane post. But it's fascinating to see a highly energetic writer/promoter get reined in a bit by the venerable paper.  

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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