In a stunning admission of a serious conflict of interest, the editor-in-chief from tech site The Verge revealed today that one of their deputy editors was pulling double-duty working for Apple for a whole two months.
And for those two months, no one at Apple had any idea.
Verge EIC Nilay Patel posted a note online today in response to questions about Ziegler’s recent absence from the site:
Chris began working for Apple in July, but didn’t tell anyone at The Verge that he’d taken a new job until we discovered and verified his dual-employment in early September. Chris continued actively working at The Verge in July, but was not in contact with us through most of August and into September. During that period, in the dark and concerned for Chris, we made every effort to contact him and to offer him help if needed. We ultimately terminated his employment at The Verge and Vox Media the same day we verified that he was employed at Apple
Vox Media conducted an investigation into whether his secret employment at Apple “any impact on editorial decisions or journalism produced at The Verge.” They concluded it didn’t.
Patel explained that this is being publicly disclosed “in the interests of transparency and respect for our audience.”
Based on Ziegler’s user page, he does not appear to have written about Apple recently.
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