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Does FCW share pre-published editorial

Following up on the POGO blog post which I posted about earlier, specifically on one of the comments to the original post.

One person, who identifies themself as "Connie the Contractor" posts this little ditty:

Federal Computer Week (FCW) and other industry publications just try to take advantage of the current environment. To illustrate how ethically challenged FCW is, consider the fact that it is well known that they have in the past sent copies of "letters to the editor" which are critical of positions taken by FCW columnists to the office of Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) BEFORE the letters are published. In other words, Rep. Davis and his staff are offered an opportunity to review letters critical of FCW editorial positions before FCW publishes them.

I can't speak for the other publications, but FCW never -- and will never as long as I'm here -- send letters to anybody before they are published without the author knowing about it. Period. And, to be honest, having worked over at the competition and knowing most of the people over there, I doubt they would ever do such a thing.

In fact, we generally don't share FCW's content before it is published. We often will get requests from people to review an article before it is published. FCW will fact check stories with people, such as going over a person's quotes that will be included in a story, but we just don't give anybody our content before it is published.

We might do such a thing where we had a particularly good letter and, after talking with the author, we tried to set up a point-counter-point package, but we just don't share unpublished letters.

Just to set the record straight, Connie.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Jul 06, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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