• Sep 28, 2011
It's been reported today that a member of the Autoblog team has engaged in unethical behavior. The report indicated that Jeff Glucker, a contracted writer for Autoblog, published an article on the site today about a contest being run by Nissan while simultaneously under contract for the third-party agency running the contest.

Autoblog's editors were completely unaware of this improper relationship. Upon hearing these allegations, we conducted our own internal investigation into the matter and found the report to be true. Upon this discovery, we immediately terminated our relationship with Mr. Glucker and removed the article in question. We will also be reviewing Mr. Glucker's other articles to determine if conflicts are evident.

As a result of this episode, Autoblog is also reviewing our policies that pertain to potential conflicts of interest that may arise for our writers. Autoblog is part of AOL and the HuffingtonPost Media Group, which has a clearly defined policy on conflicts of interest that you can read after the jump, and this writer violated them. We sincerely apologize for this breach of trust with you, the reader, and will do our utmost to make sure it's never repeated.

John Neff
Editor-in-Chief, Autoblog.com
AOL Huffington Post Media Group Policy on Conflicts of Interest

In order to avoid conflicts of interests, AOL Huffington Post Media Group editors, writers, and reporters may not have a financial interest in a company or industry that they regularly cover. This does not include investments in mutual funds, money market funds, or other similar investments. HPMG editors, writers and reporters are also forbidden to make political contributions of any kind.


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      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Jeff were to be let off lightly, it'd call into question the editorial integrity of the whole site, this is the right decision. Thing is, Jeff would've 100% known to let his employer (Autoblog) know of a possible conflict of interest. The fact that a) not only they didn't know he was doing contract work related to automotive and b) they didn't know he worked directly with this promotion is a serious breach. I'm sad to see him let go as I liked his work, but Autoblog decision is well justified.
      Evander Xavier
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog staff, As a daily reader, I appreciate what you've done. I wasn't really fond of Mr. Glucker's articles (too sensational by even blog standards) and now I will view all of his previous writings with discrimination. Thank you for maintaining the site's integrity, Mr. Neff.
      Aussie Aspie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos Autoblog!
      Kimura
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now if you could do something about the spamming...
      BrunoT
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was an obvious conflict of interest that undermined the credibility of autoblog. It's disturbing that so many don't get that or don't care. Read this and look in the mirror, kiddos. http://www.crosswalk.com/news/breakpoint-with-chuck-colson/feels-like-ethics-can-young-people-do-the-right-thing.html
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, does that mean there's a job opening? Do you accept resumes scribbled in crayon? I have this slightly stained take-out menu here and the back is blank...
      Julius
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I guess the ATS article is his last?
      James Hartman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job, Autoblog! Jeff's articles were complete rubbish in their sensationalism and mediocrity. Regarding the situation at hand, I see that Jeff Glucker used to be a mortgage loan officer at two different banks which catered to the subprime market. Can't really expect much integrity from people within that industry. Here is a link to his LinkedIn profile for further reference: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffglucker
      christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame. I liked his posts.
      JimV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for letting me know you are owned by the Huffington Post. Now I know where your political bias comes from. I'll be leaving now to get my news from another more objective source.
        Steven
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JimV
        Really!?!? It's a car site. There's almost nothing political about it. Grow up.
          JimV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Steven
          It's a car site - Exactly. So why don't they stick to cars?
        zzzzzz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JimV
        What, it's too liberal for you? Try Car and Driver instead. It'll probably seem more "objective" to you.
        tump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JimV
        Please leave. Kitchen's too hot for you and the stove's not even on. Lovely backbone, there. No, Fox does not run everything.
          JimV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tump
          I don't know what your problem is, and don't really care, but I also don't see how not wanting to read a biased publication has anything to do with leaving because the kitchen is too hot. And who mentioned Fox? You're making some very broad assumptions.
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huffington Post and ethics used in the same sentence. How laughable.
        Trencher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Yeah really. Liberal left wing media group that only reports the positive of the liberal left and the negative of the republican right. Nah couldn't be any conflict of interest there.
          JimV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Trencher
          Keep drinking the coolaid, Tump. Keep drinking it until you have no job and no quality of life.
          JimV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Trencher
          Exactly. Although I prefer conservative right, as I'm not crazy about the Pub's either.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        reticulate
        • 3 Years Ago
        What the hell does HuffPo's political stance have to do with Autoblog firing a guy over a conflict of interest? Sounds like you're reaching a bit.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reticulate
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