Why John Gruber won't let go of Bloomberg's 'The Big Hack'

From a footnote to "Tim Sweeney Says the Quiet Part Out Loud" posted Wednesday on Daring Fireball:

Bloomberg, of course, remains the outfit that shit its journalistic pants with The Big Hack — a blockbuster report that no one, including Bloomberg, has ever produced a single shred of evidence to back up — yet not only never retracted but in fact still “stands behind” it even though it’s rather clear they hope everyone just forgets about it. So take anything they publish with a Big Hack-sized grain of salt. Why even link to Bloomberg at all, you might ask? Because Bloomberg is an essential news organization. They often have scoops and original reporting no one else does. If they report something that is also reported elsewhere, I link elsewhere. But when they break news — as they did here — they deserve the link. I won’t let go of this Big Hack fiasco because Bloomberg is too good an institution to leave such an egregious and high-profile mistake uncorrected.

My take: Everybody makes mistakes. Not everybody owns up theirs as conscientiously as Gruber.

See: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies, posted three years ago.

10 Comments

  1. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    A stand for integrity. Wow, what a concept y’all.

    I’ve followed Gruber, as I’m sure many on this blog have (and if you haven’t — you should), for years now and have long enjoyed his take and attitude on everything Apple. He’s the real deal who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em which has everything to do with his success. A great analytical blog on Apple.

    If he cares to continually call out an otherwise upstanding news org for an lack of integrity on a bogus tech story that pissed on Apple and others, then so be it in my book.

    Having integrity has its costs AND it’s rewards.

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    November 27, 2021
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    Kudos, to John Gruber. This is the kind of follow-up accountability reporting sorely lacking these days in the media. Keep throwing this incident in the faces of Bloomberg editorial staffs making them queasy until they realize the need for some form of corrective action for rectifying a past mistake is needed or they are able to reconcile the discrepancies in their reporting to support their allegations.

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    November 27, 2021
  3. Peter Kropf said:
    I think Gruber’s position is that he wants to make sure Bloomberg knows the count.

    He’s the umpire and he’s loudly called a strike. Bloomberg now knows it’s in the batter’s box and that Gruber will call strikes as he sees them even more loudly.

    Good going Mr G.

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    November 27, 2021
  4. Gregg Thurman said:
    Bloomberg’s integrity came from REPORTING the news. It no longer is happy with that role. In search of eyeballs it now creates the “news”.

    Integrity lost.

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    November 27, 2021
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      Sensational reports appeal to both sides of the aisle, especially among those that should have strong parental controls on how they invest.

      Fortunately, in this Country, people are allowed to be stupid, and a lot of us take full advantage of that right.

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      November 27, 2021
      • Kirk DeBernardi said:
        @ Gregg Thurman —

        It’s maybe not that they’re allowed to be stupid, but moreover that they just are — or mislead.

        Being unable to discern the difference is the real danger.

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        November 27, 2021
  5. Greg Lippert said:
    Admitting their failure would go a long way. People tend to forgive those that own their mistakes.

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    November 28, 2021
  6. Lalit Jagtap said:
    My take the “corporate media” in USA has long way to learn “integrity and reporting by doing its best investigative work”. The 2008 fin coal crisis might not have as bad, if experts in financial reporting had done their “deep work”.

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    November 29, 2021
  7. Lalit Jagtap said:
    My take the “corporate media” in USA has long way to learn “integrity and reporting by doing its best investigative work”. The 2008 financial crisis might not have been as severe, if experts in financial reporting had done their “deep work”.

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    November 29, 2021

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