Friday, April 07, 2006
There was a time when publicists plied journalists with goods, food and drink -- by the case. At Christmas, reporters expected -- and got -- a year's supply of various "gimmees." Watergate put a stop to much of that. Editors realized the perception of independence -- if not the reality -- was compromised when reporters took too much from sources. Some reporters and publicists apparently have gone back in time. That's not a good, and it should stop.