ABC News Gets Apple Exclusive, And Substantial Disclaimers Ensue

By Alex Weprin Comment

ABC News secured quite the exclusive recently. Apple allowed its cameras inside of the factories that produce its products. iPhones, iPads and Macs are made by a Chinese company called Foxconn, and reporters simply are not let inside.

A preview aired this morning on “Good Morning America”:

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ABC’s Bill Weir, who has long been asking for an interview with the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, was granted the chance to explore the factories earlier this year. Discussing why Apple would let him go to their factories, Weir also gamely shared a number of disclaimers/possibilities, some serious, some not so much:

-I’ve said nice things about their products on the air.

-ABC News is owned by the Disney Corporation and Disney CEO Bob Iger serves on the Apple Board of Directors

-The Steve Jobs Trust is Disney’s largest shareholder.

-They enjoy “Nightline.”

It must be the last one, because the first three would have no bearing on my reporting and I’m pretty sure Apple knows it.

The full report will air tonight on “Nightline.”