Let me ask y’all a hypothetical.
In my hypothetical, I can write an absolutely fascinating post about the conflicts of interest held by an L.A. Times reporter . . . but the story I tell could be seen as aligned with the interests of one of my bosses.
Let’s say I can assure you that I’d write this story anyway — and could cite to several previous posts I’d written about the same reporter. The post would reveal an eye-opening insight about a story written by the reporter.
Can I just write that post and not mention the fact that its point of view is favorable to one of my bosses?
Would the folks who jumped down my throat all weekend agree with my lack of disclosure?
Here’s the thing: it ain’t a hypothetical. This is a post I have been sitting on for about a week and a half. I could easily make the disclosure, but I just generally don’t like writing about anything that has anything to do with my bosses — even if my post would only support their position. I really just think it’s best to keep the blog and the job separate.
I’ve told several people about this issue privately — and have even hinted about it on this blog. Everyone I’ve told says it would be a great post.
But I’ve shied away because of the messiness of the disclosure issues — which I have also told people about.
It’s a little aggravating to be foregoing such a great post, and at the same time watching some commenters mocking the very concept of disclosing arguably relevant information.
My belief in disclosure is not posturing. I take this stuff seriously, and it restricts what I do here.