A well known reporter recently told me that Google refuses to grant him interviews with their executive staff because they don't see any benefit to the company at all. The company is doing great, rolling in money and everyone knows all about them already. So why should they grant interviews? Especially if the reporter might (gasp!) ask tough questions? It seems that, in another case, they've taken this policy a step further to punish a news organization that wrote an article they didn't like. Someone at Slashdot actually read all the way to the bottom of an article about Google's need for a new chef (this is news?) where the reporter notes: "Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story." That previous story was one discussing how people could find out all sorts of private info about others by doing Google searches. That's a story that's been done plenty of times before, but this time the reporter used Google to track down some info (nothing too shocking, honestly) about Google's own CEO, Eric Schmidt. It's not clear if the complaint from Google is about finding the info on Schmidt, the general point of the article or (perhaps!) because the reporter got some of the fairly important details wrong (there's a correction saying the original article implied that Google's desktop search was sending data about what's on your desktop back to Google -- which is completely false). Even if they're legitimately pissed at shoddy coverage of their company, it still comes off as a bit arrogant to refuse to talk to anyone at News.com for a year.
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