Perhaps you’ve seen the reports about the flap between Google and CNET, the result of which is that Google has decided not to talk with CNET for a year.
We are surprised that it came to this, because CNET has reported more closely — and mostly accurately — about Google over the past few years than just about any publication.
In case you missed it, the fuss stems from a CNET article that revealed a bunch of personal information about Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, based on what CNET could find from Google searches. This included the $1.5 billion value of his shares in Google, the name of his wife, his residence in Atherton, the fact that he is the host of a $10,000-a-plate fund-raiser for Al Gore’s presidential campaign, and so on.
David Krane, Google’s director of public relations, called CNET editors to complain, according to a summary of the events in the NYT. Krane then called back to say that Google would not speak to any reporter from CNET for a year, according Jai Singh, the editor in chief of CNET News.com.
This is a shame because we’ve often been impressed by the dogged reporting by CNET reporter Stefanie Olsen, who almost always is among the first to report the company’s latest offerings.
Update: Interesting perspective here from Dana Blankenhorn, arguing that it’s time for Larry and Sergey to retake the helm.
Updated: Mercury News colleague Mike Langberg chimes in (free registration), saying this is a PR black-eye for Google.
Update: corrected typo.