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Re: peering wars revisited? PSI vs Exodus

  • From: Gordon Cook
  • Date: Wed Apr 05 02:05:33 2000

On Tue, 04 Apr 2000 21:16:55 PDT, Ehud Gavron said:
> Your list of people below are already emailing me to
> say "no no, we just gave him info"
> You're not journalist.

(I'm assuming here that Gordon starts off with "Hi, I'm Gordon Cook,
with the Cook Report", and not social-engineering with false names etc ;)

Umm.. given the list of names for 1998 through 2000, and the fact that
I *know* that at least some of them were aware of what Gordon writes
when they gave him info,
my web pages have been there since early 95....and any one is free to read executive summaries of interviews that often are as long as complete trade press interviews.

Further more I have always had a rule that a formal interviewee will have no surprises. I tape the interview and assure the person interviewed that he or she will get a draft asciii copy of what i propose to publish and have seven days to read that copy an return it to me with any mistakes or technical errors corrected and within reason things rephrased if the interviewee feels that he or she can say them better. The interviews are 95% with technical folk on technical subjects. They get assurance that if they wind up saying something inaccurate, they have only themselves to blame. but all my interviewees know exactly what they are getting into and their comfort level seems quite high.

I know full well that the trade press and commercial news press would never let a subject of an article see what is going to be published ahead of time.... they are welcome to do it their way.... I do it mine and will continue to.... the market seems to like it fine and in getting people to discuss complex topics in great detail, the comfort level I give seems to be a win win factor for both sides.

I exert ultimate editorial control... If someone ignores the seven day deadline I publish without feedback....if marketing gets a hold of the technical interview and paints it full of marketing hyperbole, I will spend hours if need be striping the marketing accretion off the technical text. About 97% of the interviews go quite smoothly and the market seems to find it appropriate because I am still in business. As one person complained to a colleague that my stuff was long and took a while to read the colleague said look..... you simply aren't going to get key things he covers at that level of detail anywhere else....depth and detail is my niche.


I think it's safe to conclude that at least
a good fraction of Gordon's listed sources were giving him information
fully aware of where it was going to end up.  If you tell somebody info
knowing it's going into a well-publicized newsletter, you're talking to
a journalist.  It may not be Tom Brokaw, but it's a journalist. ;)

I have to admit, the last time I dealt with a news agency, nobody
bothered asking for credentials.  Had something to do with the fact
that they pulled up in a van that had 'News 7' on the side, started
off with "Hi, I'm from News 7, here to talk to the director about
the recent FCC bandwidth auction", and they  had video
cameras and employee badges and everything to match.

So.. *should* I have asked for more ID before I pointed them at the
right office?  And more importantly, how is said ID implemented on
the Internet?  I don't think they tattoo 'Journalist' on your head
when you get licenced, and I'd not trust a JPEG of a picture - it's
too easy to fake with Photoshop. ;)

Now let's face it guys:

1) Gordon's a journalist, or what passes for one
2) We're stuck with him

				Valdis Kletnieks
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				Virginia Tech
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