Arthur Brisbane, The New York Times‘ public editor, wants feedback. After publishing a column detailing the limits placed on David Pogue‘s speaking engagements with the PR industry, he says he got both praise and criticism; praise for setting boundaries, criticism for how he portrayed publicists.
In the original column, Brisbane wrote, “Times readers deserve to be assured that journalists don’t get too cozy with the P.R. professionals who strive to influence coverage. A virtual army of publicists, media specialists and others stands ready every day to infiltrate the news with stories that help their employers.”
In his appeal for comment, he writes that some thought he may not fully get the role of publicists at The Times.