Media Notes: The End of Embargoes?

Allegedly, the Wall Street Journal is changing its policy on embargoes, refusing to respect them.  Felix Salmon thinks this is great news.  I find it distinctly odd.  Most of the embargoes I deal with are on reports from think tanks and institutions like the OECD, which would like me to be able to write intelligently about their reports, but want to be able to time that report's release with their own press conference--a little self-serving, of course, but not obviously harmful.  I'm not sure what's to be gained by refusing to play along, other than having your reporters file hours behind everyone else.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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