Randy, They get specific benefits other professions do not get. They get these benefits from government and companies because they are in the press, which covers government and companies. The clearest conflict of interest imaginable. If you get the same benefit everyone else gets — e.g., a 401K — that is not a conflict. If you get a discount on your phone just because you’re a reporter, that is.

Blogger & prof at CUNY’s Newmark J-school; author of Geeks Bearing Gifts, Public Parts, What Would Google Do?, Gutenberg the Geek

Blogger & prof at CUNY’s Newmark J-school; author of Geeks Bearing Gifts, Public Parts, What Would Google Do?, Gutenberg the Geek