The Wall Street Journal Is Fucking Bullshit

Earlier today, I broke some news.

I don’t typically do this anymore given my new job. But from time to time this will happen. But if you read The Wall Street Journal, you’d never know. Why’s that? Because they’re fuckheads who don’t credit actual sources of information.

I know, I know. I’m ranting again. But indulge me for a few minutes.

I broke the news that Apple acquired the app search/discovery platform Chomp at 4:01 PM today. At 6:06 PM — over two hours later — WSJ reported the story as well. But oddly, with no mention of my original story. 

This was odd both because, again, I reported the same information two hours earlier. And because it was at the top of Techmeme, which everyone in the industry reads. And every single other publication linked to my story. 

But not WSJ.

Here was the intro of the story written by Jessica Vascellaro:

Apple Inc. said it has acquired app-search engine Chomp, gaining a small team of app specialists and technology designed to ease the pain of finding apps.

The price Apple paid couldn’t be learned but it likely amounts to small change for the tech behemoth, which is wrestling with how to spend its $100 billion in cash.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment beyond saying that the company occasionally acquires technology companies and “generally doesn’t discuss its purpose or plans.”

The entire story was four more short paragraphs and that was it. Basically zero substance. More importantly, zero mentions of TechCrunch. Obviously, I’m going to call bullshit on this.

I did publicly and privately several hours ago. What I was told was that: “When the company announces we don’t usually credit but if we match before they confirm we generally do. Checked with my eds on this in particular.”

And: “Nice scoop.”

Gee. Thanks.

I honestly do not care if WSJ links to TechCrunch at all. I’ve been doing this a long time — one thing I know for certain: a link from WSJ means dick. Basically no one clicks through. We get more traffic from Google+, which is saying something.

Anyway, what I do care about is the mentality of not crediting people that actually broke the information. It leads to disinformation. This is old hat for WSJ. They routinely do not properly credit sources of information on the tech side of things. They seem to have a mentality where nothing is really news until they break it and/or confirm it. Which is total bullshit.

I reported the Apple acquisition of Chomp as a fact for good reason — It. Was. A. Fact. If I had reason to believe it may not be a done deal or not 100% certain, I would have said that. I did not because I didn’t need to.

It’s true that I didn’t state my sources, but I didn’t do that because again: I didn’t need to. It was stated as fact because it was fact. If you assumed I didn’t ping Apple to check this information out beforehand, well, then you’re a fucking moron.

Worse, Vascellaro’s tweet about her story read as follows: 

"Apple’s acquisition of Chomp confirmed."

So, what exactly was confirmed if not my original story?

Um…

That’s exactly what WSJ was confirming, but not acknowledging. 

I like Jessica Vascellaro. I don’t know her well, but we’ve communicated a few times throughout the years. She’s very good at what she does. And I truly don’t blame her for this nonsense. I know that she would have given credit where it’s due, except that she works for a bunch of jackassified asshats.

Jessica, seriously, consider quitting your job and coming to work for PandoDaily (conflict alert: investor) or TechCrunch (conflict alert: longtime writer). I know for a fact that either would be happy to have you. As a bonus, they’d probably pay you better as well. You’d have to retire your hand-drawn WSJ icon, but you can get one of these

Most importantly: you wouldn’t have to put up with the bullshit you clearly do on a daily basis anymore. Seriously, think about it. You are too good for The Wall Street Journal.

In the meantime, I’m never going to link to WSJ again. It won’t mean much to them, but it’s important to me out of sheer principle. And I’m going to go out of my way to link to any site that scrapes the shit out of WSJ content. It’s only fair. That’s essentially what they just did to me. 

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    Amen! Talk about quality vs hype.