What Should the Expectation for Blogger Ethics?
People ask me what I think about "full disclosure" and "blogger ethics." My answer always is, there is no obligation for any blogger to follow the ethical standards of journalists or public officials. Bloggers are bloggers because of the true freedom of speech. Freedom of speech doesn't demand truth.
That said, the trust relationship bloggers have built and enjoy with their readers is quite a powerful feedback. That relationship is the market force that keeps bloggers honest, not ethical standards or requirements. Ultimately, I demand rigorous reader discernment -- caveat lector, let the reader beware -- and do not suffer morons gladly.
Here are some previous articles that I have written about the topic:
Blogger Ethics Coverage:
Pay Per Post Coverage:
Edelman Ethics Coverage: