I'm curious what everyone's thoughts are, and Giantbomb's policy is, on the games media disclosing if they have backed a Kickstarter or a Patreon for which they are covering. Typically a journalist won't cover a topic or company that they have a financial stake in but does backing a Kickstarter or Patreon count as a financial interest?
Kickstarter is a little different. If you've backed a Kickstarter you do have some interest in it meeting it's funding goals to receive the benefits of being a backer. Is it a problem if an editor publishes a story about a specific Kickstarter to help push them over their goal if that editor has backed said Kickstarter? As a hypothetical, since Patrick wrote the review for Shovel Knight if he had backed the Kickstarter should that info be disclosed in the review? Should he have not reviewed it at all?