Amanda Congdon: ‘I Am Not Subject To The ‘Rules’ Traditional Journalists Have To Follow’


We’ve been dutifully following the media career of Rocketboom vlogger Amanda Congdon — who is quickly becoming as relevant for ABC as LonelyGirl — including the latest revelation that Congdon has been doing work on the side for DuPont corporation without so-called “full disclosure” — a big no-no not only for ABC but for someone, like Congdon, whose every move is picked apart (however mercilessly) by the blogosphere.

What’s more shocking, though, is Congdon’s response:

As I mentioned on my blog Sunday evening, I made these little “infotainmercials” for DuPont. I love how that ridiculous word spread like wildfire… that was my intention. A little experiment that WORKED. ABC and HBO both approved the DuPont spots. And under the “blogger” title, which is what I am, hello? I am not subject to the “rules” traditional journalists have to follow.

Perhaps not, Amanda, but as a “blogger” you should know that disclosing fully what could potentially be perceived as a conflict of interest is something that all journalists — traditional or not — should do.

In other words, transparency — wasn’t that your problem with LonelyGirl?

FishbowlNY’s Amanda Congdon Coverage:

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