I was a speaker for Medtronic a while back, I'm not sure when. I was paid a fee to do this, but I can't recall exactly how much. (No doubt Senator Grassley knows by now.) I'm not even sure if my contract with Medtronic is still in effect, but I disclosed that former relationship to the American College of Cardiology before their upcoming meeting since I am blogging the conference this year.
And I was shunned.
Oh sure, they paid my registration fee - that was the original agreement (my "pay" if you will) - but because of my unwashed status as a former speaker for a company, there will be no coffee and donuts, no access to cell phone rechargers, no sit-down laptop computer space, and no early access to press releases and interviews with investigators.
It seems no press pass can be issued to people with my unwashed status. Also, I cannot blog about anything having to do with Medtronic.
So there you have it. I've come clean. Full transparency. Out in the open. (FTC, you listening?)
But I'm not worried.
In a way, it's liberating to be excluded from the press room and the
And that, as they say, will either be my downfall or my redemption.