Reporter Breaks Embargo with Sony

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A film critic for the New Yorker, David Denby, recently broke an embargo with Sony Pictures after previewing their new movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Denby had agreed not to run his review until December 13 but, went back on his word and published it his magazine's December 5 issue.
While an embargo is often worth the paper it is written on, which it isn't, it comes down to honoring your word as a journalist.
I highly disagree with Denby's and the New Yorker's decision to run the review as it is a clear use of deception to gain access to journalistic information before their peers.
They site that there will be a lack of space available in the magazine due to the amount of "important" movies coming out through the end of the year.
What important movies? I'm sure they're talking about Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked or We Bought a Zoo, right?
Denby needs to face fact; he lied in order to prescreen a movie and violated an embargo in order to be first to publish.
In my eyes he has lost credibility in the journalistic world an it will be a while before he gains that trust back.


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