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No, this is not a comment on today's lapdog media. Instead, it's a question I put to you. And while the subject matter is video game related, it is kind of a universal question.I've been a big fan of the Official Xbox Magazine podcast for a while now. The duo of Dan Americh and Ryan McCaffrey really made it a joy to listen to. When Dan left to be the Community Manager at Activision (and set up the One of Swords podcast and blog), it left a hole in the podcast. Ryan has done a marvelous job doing it on his own (with the capable assistance of Andy Bauman), though.The two guys are very good friends, and they make a great team.So it's only natural that a lot of people are suggesting that Dan ask Ryan to be a guest on his One of Swords podcast.But would that be improper? Would it hurt Ryan's reputation as a journalist, despite the fact that it's common knowledge that the two are buddies anyway?I asked Dan that question on Formspring (***, I wish you could link to individual questions so I didn't have to copy his answer). Here is his response:
"I worry the same way. We both know there are cynics who will look to create problems where they do not exist, especially when it comes to Activision, which has become the company people love to hate for any reason -- even if that reason has to be created. So I have been trying not to have media folks on the show so that people did not suggest that I was currying favor or trying to sway anybody. I think the people who know me know that I speak for myself and I'm quite transparent about what I'm doing, but at the same time, I try to put myself in the mind of an irrational hater and I'm learning to choose my words and actions carefully so as not to give those people any sort of ammo. It wouldn't be a problem for you and it wouldn't be a problem for me -- but I do have a concern that someone who does not have an understanding like we have (someone who doesn't read my blog or currently listen to the podcast) would mistake my personal friendships for professional statements. I had Andy Eddy on during a brief period that he was unemployed, but the sad fact is that a lot of my friends were or are actively working as games reviewers or journalists -- and I do not want my invitation to come back to bite them in the ass, either."
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