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April 12, 2005
News Organizations Speak Out in Apple Case
Hear that whistling sound? That's the sound of heavy artillery arcing overhead. Apple's getting pounded. Hard on the heels of amici from individual journalists, some big names of journalism are laying down some covering fire arguing that the journalists need to be able to keep sources confidential.
Talk about an "A list": the Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times, Hearst Newspapers' San Francisco Chronicle, Knight Ridder Inc.'s San Jose Mercury News, The Copley Press Inc.'s San Diego Union-Tribune, Freedom Communications Inc.'s Orange County Register, and The McClatchy Co.'s Bee newspapers in Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto. Oh and the Associated Press.
This is quickly spiraling way out of control. Apple should cut and run as gracefully as possible. This is a company that lives - and can die - on the buzz it receives in the public zeitgeist. There is such a thing as bad publicity, guys, and this is it.
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