Google Pulls a ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’

Saul Hansell’s New York Times column today about Google’s decision to refuse to speak with any CNET reporter for the next year is a real eye opener.  The company is upset with a CNET expose on how the Google search engine can be leveraged to glean personal information on an individual.  It was a smart piece of journalism.  What rankled Google however, was CNET’s decision to reveal personal information about the company’s CEO Eric Schmidt, including his number of stock options, where he lived and his political fundraising activities.  Google cried foul and announced the year-long moratorium.  Bad move.  Google is supposed to be all about instant information and open access.  So, when an enterprising reporter uses the Google model to do just that to file her story, it gets testy.  Google, and its in-house PR executive, David Krane, should know better.  Such knee-jerk reactions only make an organization look like a spoiled brat who throws a tantrum because he or she didn’t like the way the game was played.  Google should get over itself real quick and lift the ridiculous CNET moratorium.  The only one it’s hurting is itself.

2 thoughts on “Google Pulls a ‘Do as I Say, Not as I Do’

  1. It is pretty amazing to see such a successful company take such a backward approach to its corporate repuation and image. Wonder if this was a decision made by their lawyers?

  2. Right on, RepMan. I never thought of the Google guys as taking themselves so seriously. I guess now that they’re a public company, they’re a lot more prickly about who says what. Too bad. I like them a little less as a result.