Detroit News auto writer quits after editors soften review
Ray Wert reports Scott Burgess quit as Detroit News auto writer on Wednesday after editors gave in to a request by an advertiser to water down his negative review of the Chrysler 200. “Yes, I resigned from The Detroit News as of today and I have been sending notes to carmakers announcing such,” says the critic. “The resignation was not planned. I choose not to answer the reasons for the resignation.”

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  • Mike Saunders

    Xtophera, in both cases journalists balked at the advertiser-driven changes and complained loudly — which is why you’re reading about them. That’s pretty much the definition of integrity, none of which was shown by the sniveling editor who made the changes in the DetNews copy.

    And yes, it does happen all the time, in various degrees. And yes, there’s often a lot of push-back, especially at larger news orgs that aren’t suckling happily at the teat of one large advertiser. Happens all the time in small and medium markets.

    But sometimes, people say, “Enough.”

  • Anonymous

    Studio asks Moviefone to tell TechCrunch to tone down review. Advertiser prompts Detroit News to re-edit review. This is just this week — I have to assume it happens all the time. Do any journalists have integrity left?