I’ve been talking about this very phenomenon for a while now. Today there’s an article by media columnist Howard Kurtz in The Washington Post titled: Don’t Quote Me.
The point he makes is that executives often prefer to do an interview with a reporter by email these days. That’s because the exec can post the *full* version of the exchange on her blog if the reporter edits or truncates the interview in a way she doesn’t like.
GM lashed back at The New York Times’ “ban on rubbish”
Remember this? In June 2006 GM’s Brian Akre posted a rant to their FYI blog, protesting both a Tom Friedman column and The New York Times’ refusal (or lack of cooperation) to publish GM’s side of the story.