Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2005, 08:34
TUAW: Dan Gillmor has been asking an interesting question: will apple sue the Wall Street Journal over the Intel leak the way they sued the bloggers in Apple v. Does? The WSJ doesn’t seem to think so; they’re patting themselves on the back over Jobs’ reference to them as the end of his keynote. Gillmor doesn’t seem to think so, either, and neither do I. Letting the WSJ off the hook is a way to reinforce the legitimacy of “old media” reporting over “new media” blogging. This is also probably the reason he singled out the WSJ in his talk, even though c|net also broke the story. For a company that wants to be your internet and digital hub, Apple can be pretty hidebound.
Dan Gilmore: By the way, I suspect that Jobs deliberately cited the Journal, not the online news organization. His company is at war with online publications about revealing “trade secrets” — essentially anything Apple wants journalists not to report about. To give a credible news organization like CNet credit might undermine his attacks on Web journalism as a genre.