How do you feel about tech bloggers who invest in tech?

I come from journalism, where ethics precludes investment in the industry you cover. That's why I don't own any stocks or have any investment in any technology company.

But a recent generation of bloggers doesn't feel that way, and believes that if you disclose your interests, you can cover your own industry -- you can even write opinions about companies you have direct investment in.

Strong editorial defenses of Path in a privacy scandal by Michael Arrington and MG Siegler, who are both investors in Path, triggered Dan Lyons to pen a vicious attack on such bloggers, who Lyons called Silicon Valley's "cadre of paid apologists and pygmy hangers-on."

The L.A. Times' +Michael Hiltzik chimes in:,0,704588.column?track=rss&

What I want to know is: What's YOUR view? Does it matter to you if opinion columnists and bloggers invest in the companies they write about?

(Photo of Michael Arrington by John Keatley: )
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