In the era of the failing print news industry, some magazines have found a creative way to make some extra cash, they will personally sell some of the clothes they advertise.
According to a New York Times article, GQ (left), Vogue and Esquire are telling people to buy clothes, such as sweaters that cost more than $200, and the magazine can then make money off that sale.
Vogue was even quoted as saying “Vogue may receive a commission on some sales made through this service,” on their website. GQ’s creative director promotes a Clavin Klein sweater on a men’s clothing website.
Now I know there’s a business side to running a paper or magazine that I can’t even begin to understand, but there has to be a line drawn in the sand somewhere. For some reason, I will always remember an old episode of The View, in which Meredith Viera was telling a story about how she was once offered a year’s supply of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream but she couldn’t accept it, because at the time she was an anchor woman. Shouldn’t the same sort of rules apply? Even if it’s not hard news, magazines are still journalism. I think that objectivity shouldn’t be sacrificed just to make a buck.
For more on the magazines go here:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/business/media/magazines-begin-to-sell-the-fashion-they-review.html?_r=1