For its story on how Bobbi Brown, the new editor-in-chief of’s beauty page, will remain an executive of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, the Guardian quoted media ethics expert Kelly McBride. “[I]t creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” McBride tells the newspaper.

That sentiment is confirmed by Brown herself, who said the following in a statement: “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”

That’s just the problem!

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.