Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Professional" bloggers can get dooced for relatively "private" email and social media postings

Mainstream newspapers do hire or contract with bloggers to write about specifically “liberal” or “conservative” beats, and sometimes such bloggers lose their contracts when newspapers learn of their other writings, even on relatively private listservers (or, obviously, in social media like Facebook, even with settings turned on).

Howard Kurtz has a story in the Style Section C of the Washington Post on Saturday June 26, “Post blogger resigns after messages leak”, about blogger David Weigl, who resigned and apologized after some apparently inappropriate remarks made on a listserver about individuals including Druge, Ron Paul, and Rush Limbaugh. The link for the story is here.

The battle over online reputation continues, even for “professional” bloggers.

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