Free Laptops, Big Shrimp And #Ethicsschmethics

So, I said I’d send out a note every once in a while. And since I’m suffering a bit from blogging withdrawal, here goes. I hope you’ll indulge me for just a minute.

Emailer ‘’ pointed me to a tweet from Automotive News journalist Nick Bunkley:

#Chrysler has tablet computers set out for all reporters. “The tablet is our gift to you.” #ethicsschmethics

That led me to this post today on Jalopnik:

“Fiat Chrysler Offered Every Journalist A Free Tablet Yesterday”

I recommend reading both the piece and the comments section (yes, comments threads sometimes do add value). In this case, the postings veer into the world of free shrimp. Some are pretty funny. But several also get into some interesting ethical issues.

Skeptics may say this sort of thing happens all the time and that this note is just an excuse to point to our Ethics Handbook and in particular its section on “how to handle gifts, speaking fees and honorariums.” What? Me? Resort to a shameless plug?

But seriously, folks. If you see or hear things you think might be worth sharing, send them along.

Don’t expect to get a free tablet in return, though. (Sorry, Marilyn.)

(Memmos, May 7, 2014)

May 7, 2014

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