It’s poll time: Are preferential embargoes kosher?
The New York Times acknowledged yesterday that Nick Kristof and Hager Sharp, a PR agency representing the President’s Cancer Panel, about which Nick was writing, knew Nick’s column on the subject would appear before the embargo on the report to which every other journalist had been subjected.
So I’d like to know what Embargo Watch readers think about this practice. Should institutions, journals, and PR agencies be able to give a preferred outlet the right to publish, while making every other outlet agree to an embargo? And should journalists abide by these embargoes?