Google CEO Eric Schmidt either doesn’t like bloggers or is desperate to suck up to the print media crowd. Neither of which show the man in a particularly good light.
According to Gawker, Schmidt was addressing the American Society of News Editors when he crowed:
There is an art to what you do. And if you’re ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That’s all you need to see.
Nice. Especially coming from a man who runs the company which, in Blogger, provides one of the biggest platforms for bloggers across the world. And which pays out millions of dollars to those bloggers running AdSense on their sites. And which have been generally very supportive of Google and its services. And lest we forget the people who write the gamut of company blogs for Google. Who, unless I’m very much mistaken, are bloggers.
I understand that Google needs to start sucking up to print media in a big way but to do so by dissing bloggers? That wasn’t a very smart move, Eric.