I get a lot of crap from traditional journalists all the time about ethics. Despite, of course, our financial interests with folks or causes we may write about being fully disclosed in the form of ads on the site.
But I saw an interview last evening on WHAS11′s 6:00 P.M. newscast of my allergist, Dr. James Sublett. The discussion was about the extreme heat, asthma and such. Throughout the entire interview, I noticed something interesting.
Take a look at a screengrab:
Is that ethical? Was this an advertisement?
I’m not trashing Sublett or his business. I spend my money on his products (so should you, as they’re a great local alternative to the big names – get the filters at your local Kroger) and trust him to make sure I don’t die from the asthma and allergy haze. But shouldn’t the television station disclose something like that?
I genuinely want to know.