The ink-stained wretches of Manhattan blasted mommy blogggers this week for taking free stuff from companies.
George Snell tells the Times to get off its damn high horse because reporters gets free stuff from companies, too:
... When I was a newspaper reporter it was a common practice for reviewers to receive goods for free. Anything from screenings of movies and plays to new albums and recently released books. I never saw one book reviewer read a novel and then mail it back to the publishing house. The book went on their book shelf. The music reviewer at the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester (MA) used to get so many music CDs that he used to hold mock yard sales to give extras away to fellow reporters.
So why is it a surprise that bloggers do the the same thing? And let’s not even get into the paid junkets to destinations like Disney World that many journalists take every year. ...
Ed. recovering reporter note: He's right. Even back in my days on a smallish suburban daily newspaper, we'd get free stuff. Like the time the Navy flew me and some local teachers down to Annapolis. That was a fun trip - although I'm betting the reporter who got a free trip to Bermuda had an even better time.