Wired Editor Outs “Lazy” Publicists

By Deane Barker on November 5, 2007

Things Turn Ugly in the ‘Hacks vs. Flacks’ War: There’s a nice little catfight brewing over at Wired. When reading this quote, a “hack” is a journalist, while a “flack” is a P.R. person.

[…] Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided “lazy flacks” who deluge him with news releases “because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching.”

Chris Anderson, executive editor of Wired magazine, detests lazy publicists.

“I’ve had it,” Mr. Anderson wrote on his blog on Oct. 29. “I get more than 300 e-mails a day and my problem isn’t spam. … it’s P.R. people.”

After picking the fight, he then made it personal, posting the addresses of 329 unsolicited e-mail messages he had received and telling the senders that he had permanently blocked them.

It’s that last part that has people upset.