Daily Podcast: Embargo THIS
I never understood the concept of an automotive-related news embargo. It's easy enough to see what's in it for the carmaker. They can time their marketing and promotion campaign to coincide with the "reveal." They can use the embargo to play favorites. But why would any self-respecting automotive journalist agree to hold onto a story for the convenience of the manufacturer? It's one of those carrot and stick deals. The carrot: primo access to future stories/products. The stick: NOT getting primo access to future stories/products. Either way, any scribe that allows a carmaker to manipulate the journalistic process through a news embargo is guilty of collusion. (That's just a fancy way of saying "selling out.") From my perspective, it's like this: I get the information. I publish the information. My primary responsibility is to my readers. Period. if you don't want me to publish info until Friday, don't give it to me until Friday. And if I find a way to get it before Friday, that's your tough luck. So if there are any news organizations out there who agree with me, but don't want to get their ass kicked by the carmakers, here's an invitation. Send TTAC the info and we'll break the embargo. And once we break it, you're free to follow suit. That way we can work together to end this perfidious practice once and for all.