Now I feel bad.
I took some heat last week for critiquing a fellow reporter.
- “What a dick thing to write,” tweeted the New York Times’ Mike Isaac.
- Utter stupidity,” wrote Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal. “Haters gotta hate.”
- “The most offensive part of this drivel is that someone has the gall to normally charge for it,” Josh Dickson, founder of onecast.fm, chimed in.
What they’re tweeting about is a story I wrote about a young journalist named Mark Gurman—a piece I should probably disavow, but which I now feel I obliged to defend.
As I tried to explain to Mark—and as I wrote a subscriber who told me the column was in poor taste—it was aimed not at Gurman but at his editors:
“I guess I wasn’t clear. As a long-time Mark Gurman fan, as a writer who for years was rewritten from top to bottom, as an editor who did his share of rewrites, but always tried to protect the writer’s unique voice, my sympathies are with Mark.”
But I owe Gurman an apology. He’s just out of college. He’s just started his first corporate job. He’s in the middle of difficult adjustment—from a scrappy website (9to5Mac) to a business news operation with 19,000 employees and a procrustean house style.
What he needed was my best wishes, not my snark.
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