From Oliver Darcy’s “WaPo refuses statement attributed to unnamed Apple spox” mailed Friday night to CNN’s Reliable Sources subscribers:
WaPo’s Reed Albergotti made a decision seen rarely in journalism while reporting on Apple’s [child safety] delay: declining to accept a statement attributable only to an unnamed spokesperson. “Apple spokesman Fred Sainz said he would not provide a statement on Friday’s announcement because The Washington Post would not agree to use it without naming the spokesperson,” Albergotti wrote in his piece.
The decision triggered significant chatter — and praise — among journalists. “I’m always amazed and appalled at these supposed spokespeople who refuse to be named,” WaPo’s Margaret Sullivan tweeted. “Including those for media companies. That’s their job!” CNN’s Alexander Marquardt added, “If only journalists and media orgs could band together and universally enforce this…”
My take: Apple’s high-handed attitude toward the press goes back to Steve Jobs. If Albergotti thinks Fred Sainz is hard to work with, he should have tried getting an attribution out of Katie Cotton (second from right, above).