The NYT is taking cues from Politico when it comes to constant self-promotion. FishbowlDC was alerted to a live chat with Jodi Kantor through the Facebook page for the NYT. Kantor is promoting her new book, The Obamas, in which she gets behind-the-scenes tales within the Obama White House. Earlier, we reported on Kantor’s boastful tone regarding the book and the negative reception she’s facing from the Washington Press Corps.
Facebook fans of the NYT were not thrilled about being subjected to a live chat and let Kantor know it. One fan, Kevin Kretz, began the conversation by bluntly saying, “Would sure like the NYT FB posts to be about breaking or significant news instead of daily plugs for a book by a Times writer.” This was the first of many nastygrams. Another commenter, Miriam Rubinoff wondered, “Why do I imagine a lot of hate comments being blocked?” To their credit, the NYT responded directly to Rubinoff in the comment section.
“Following up on your question, here’s a reminder of our moderation policy on Facebook. We aim to create a space on Facebook.com/NYTimes where readers can exchange intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information. We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point politely. A few things we won’t tolerate on our Facebook wall: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes) and commercial promotion. While most comments will remain posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can.”
So, they won’t tolerate ANY commercial promotion. You know. Stuff like this:
“In a few minutes, New York Times political reporter Jodi Kantor will be chatting here live about her new book, The Obamas.”
Just to be clear: The NYT is OPPOSED to any and all commercial promotion… Unless, of course, it’s their own products.