Step away from the computer for a few hours and who knows what you’ll find upon your return.
I did today – and returned to find a revolt of sorts with top science bloggers “resigning” from the popular and previously respected ScienceBlogs site. Reason: the site started allowing Pepsi to run a nutrition blog.
Some blogging journalists take conflicts of interest very seriously. On the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, Paul Raeburn has blogged about this twice today.
In the UK, a column in the Guardian:
“Should ScienceBlogs.com have agreed to host a controversial blog on nutrition, written by PepsiCo? No, say the site’s readers, as some of its star bloggers stop their blogs in protest.”
And one of the ScienceBlog contributors, Maryn McKenna, put it succinctly: “A crapstorm ensued.“
The topic even has its own hashtag on Twitter: #SbFAIL.
I don’t think I’ve seen journalists react like this since the Gina Kolata front-page story on endostatin maybe 13 years ago. Wow.