The Wall Street Journal tries to build a scandal from a few blog posts. Some Fon advisors wrote good things about the company, all of them mentioning their advisory roles. Where the hell is the scandal?
Here's the Register of Interests:
|Name||Site||In bed with||Notes|
|David Weinberger||Joho the Blog||Fon||He's all about his involvement. The Cluetrain guy wouldn't cheat readers.|
|Wendy Seltzer||Legal Tags||Fon||Fon was on her disclosure page before the WSJ piece. In yesterday's Google cache, the page included mention of payment.|
|Dan Gillmor||Bayosphere||Fon||Says he's an advisor, says he might get money for the job, and discloses Wendy's involvement too.|
|Dave Winer||Scripting.com||Edgeio||Dave giddily discloses his position — Edgeio is his special friend!|
|Doc Searls||Doc Searls Weblog||Jabber, Ping, Socialtext, Spikesource, Technorati||During the fallout, Doc put disclosures in his bio to be more transparent. And his transparency wasn't even being questioned.|
|Robert Scoble||Scobleizer||Microsoft||Robert discloses a ski trip. His Microsoft position is half his claim to fame now — they fully employ him.|
Feels like the WSJ is just sniping at bloggers. Rather embarrassing to see them stretch this far. Is there a grudge they're not disclosing?
Incidentally, let's flesh this register out. Which other bloggers are tied to outside interests? Comment or e-mail.