Two days ago, a reader tipped me off to @BosMediaJerk, a Twitter feed that ripped everything about Boston media. I checked it today and got a “Page Doesn’t Exist” notice. I did a little searching and discovered that “Fuck Boston Media” switched gears and became @BosMediaLove. What happened? I’m still waiting for the FBM guy to answer my email, but I’m guessing his hate site didn’t get the attention he hoped it would; he only had 92 followers. His last tweet as @BosMediaJerk was: “*yawn* such a strange medium. I’ll sign off for good later today.”
I’ve asked WSJ Weekend editorial director Ruth Altchek and other editors at the Journal how the freelancer was caught violating the paper’s ethics code.
Update: Altchek and Journal newsroom standards editor Karen Pensiero declined to comment.
“Please, fellow PR types, let’s contain our excitement for exciting,” writes Detroit PR man and former TV news producer Matt Friedman. “Do we really expect journalists to fall for this? How about just letting them know what the news is?”
Update: A reaction from my Facebook page: “I’m just absolutely ecstatic that an obviously charming and smart PR person would finally recognize how incredibly important it is not to imply that the equally smart media or the very intelligent public should be excitedly excited about whatever it is they’re shouting … er, writing … about.”
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