Big-headed bloggers

, posted: 25-Apr-2007 15:41

BuffoonHave the doorways at Sequoia Capital been enlarged sufficiently to accommodate the rather inflated Calacanis cranium? After reading about the well-famous blogger's latest caper, I am concerned that Jason's passage in and out of the office may not be as unhindered as it should.

It started off with a simple request: Wired's Fred Vogelstein was going to do a piece on another Blogosphere Legend, Mike Arrington and contacted Jason Calacanis for an interview for the story. As a dutiful journo would, Fred wanted to talk to Jason. However, Jason was having none of that, and told Fred to email him the questions. Now while it's possible to get a story that way, emailed questions are not the same as direct interview for obvious reasons.

Why not just talk to Fred then? Well, Jason believes journalists have "misquoted people for so long" and "quoted them out of context" that he's got an email-only policy for interviews now. Also, being as hugely famous as he is, Jason doesn't need to speak to the media:
Besides I have 10,000 people come to my blog every day--i don't need wired to talk to the tech industry.

Oooooh. That's a good amount of people, but wasn't the interview for a story about Mike Arrington and not Jason Calacanis though?

Fred not wanting to do a Q&A over email with "two of the folks who know Mike the best" is "really disturbing" and "horrible for the reader". Wanting to score a cheap point, Jason then posted his email response to Vogelstein on his blog, calling it "ironic" that a Wired writer won't do an email interview.

Vogelstein tried to speak to Dave Winer as well - only to be told to send over some questions which Winer would respond to on his blog at some point, maybe. Uh, yeah, Dave, that'd work really well for a story. Note that Jason Calacanis actually "misquoted" Winer here about doing interviews over email but that's being generously brushed aside as a "transcription error". Yeah, right.

Dylan Tweney, the editor at Wired News, weighed in with a humorous blog post that pricked a few holes in Calacanis' inflated ego. Unfortunately for Dylan, humour is a rare commodity in the blogosphere, and most people read no further than the headline before flaming him crisp in the comments.

The humour whizzed well over Winer's head, and Dan Gillmor didn't get it either. No jokes then during your 25 years as a professional journo, Dan?

Michael Arrington got it however, which is a relief. He's probably right though to think the chances of a story about him in Wired are pretty slim after his mates Calacanis and Winer ambushed Vogelstein in their blogs.

Calacanis however seems impervious to the silliness of the situation, and thinks the "standoff" between him and Wired has been resolved. Yes, by recording the phone interview, which Vogelstein originally suggested and which Jason conveniently omitted to mention in his blog post. Precious, very precious... I'll make sure to download that interview. That is, if it takes place.

TechMeme picked it up and Wired probably got heaps of traffic out of the kerfuffle - not to mention a good laugh (the last one).

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