Saturday, March 09, 2002

Press Ethics Alert

"The latest episode raises a serious question of journalistic ethics," writes Howard Kurtz, press ethicist for The Washington Post. How so, Howie? The Harvard Business Review "lets its subjects read drafts of the interviews and suggest all kinds of changes and deletions until they are satisfied," Kurtz responds. You don't say.

Isn't that the whole point of the Harvard Business Review? To publish the words and thoughts of business leaders and strategists (and Harvard Business School professors) exactly as they would want them published? And which is better: a clear explication of Jack Welch's management practices or using press ethics as a platform to titter about his sex life?