Word up, Seftel

In response to a very interesting article that ran last week in the Wall Street Journal, about bloggers writing favorable reviews in exchange for free meals, Howard Seftel of the Arizona Republic just wrote a detailed commentary about his ethical standards as a critic, and some folks' lack thereof.

All I can say is, ditto. It's just sad that anyone would need to point this stuff out in the first place. But it is necessary -- I can't tell you how many random people have asked me about my job and assumed that I'm treated like royalty, and then acted surprised that I am really a secret agent.

Anyway, I am dying to know which oh-so-classy "restaurant critics" in this town actually waltz into a restaurant and announce themselves. (I'd love to witness that -- it would be a hilarious bit of color to add to a column.) Hello, didn't these people read Garlic and Sapphires? Obviously not, and I'm sure they never took journalism 101, either.

And I completely cringe at the thought that some unscrupulous editor hopped a free trip to London, on a restaurant's dime, and put their poor food writer in a very awkward position. For shame!

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