Is Pogue’s relationship with PR woman a conflict of interest?

The Daily Beast
Dan Lyons reports New York Times tech columnist David Pogue has been dating Nicki Dugan, a vice president at a San Francisco PR firm that represents tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Cisco, Netflix, and Yahoo. Pogue disclosed the relationship to his Times editor last December, but readers haven’t been told about it. “The lack of transparent disclosure seems unusual, especially within the context of the New York Times, which has stringent policies about disclosing conflicts of interest,” writes Lyons.
> From 2009: New York Times reminds Pogue about its speaking fees policy
> From 2009: Pogue says he’s not a reporter, has never been to journalism school
> From 2006: Pogue accepts $2,000 in services from a news source (summary only)

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  • Anonymous

    Of course it’s a conflict. As my former newspaper editor used to say, “If you want to sleep with elephants, don’t cover the circus.”

  • Peter Olafson

    That is alarming. When he reports on a company her outfit represents, it should be disclosed up front to readers. Or, better still, find someone else entirely to write about those products.