The exuberantly-named daily deal site Woot recently attempted to make a little joke at the AP’s expense. TechCrunch then wrote about it, mentioning that Woot, in a nod to AP’s own policy regarding the use of quotations, claimed the AP owed them $17.50 for quoting their CEO, Matt Rutledge, in a post. But, being a nice sort of Woot, they would take the AP buying a snazzy pair of headphones in lieu of cash:
But, hey. We’re all friends here. And invoicing is such a hassle in today’s paperless society, are we right? How about this: instead of cutting us a check for the web content you liberated from our site, all you’ll need to do is show us your email receipt from today’s two pack of Sennheiser MX400 In-Ear Headphones, and we’ll call it even.
Then, both TechCrunch and Woot received an email from the AP’s director of media relations, not only informing them that they were not pleased with TechCrunch’s reporting, but reminding the website that the AP is also busy doing Big and Important Things:
Surely you’ll also want your readers to know that The Associated Press INTERVIEWED Mr. Rutledge, as this version of the “newsy little thing” you cite makes clear: http://bit.ly/cl8JlX
Meanwhile, AP staffers across the Gulf region and in Washington continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the oil spill.
You’ll find highlights of that coverage here: http://www.ap.org/oil_spill/
The quote taken from said interview, TechCrunch notes, is: “I’m really excited.”
When TechCrunch reached out to Rutledge for comment, writer MG Siegler received something of a terse response noting the “non-story” in question was two years old.
So Siegler, after having evaluated the issue, decided he was pretty happy with what he assumes is a change in AP’s policy:
Anyway, whatever. I’m a little confused by this whole thing. So is Rutledge. I think the AP is too. But I’m going to go with what I can only assume is their policy now. Since I technically “interviewed” Colford for this post, I’m going to copy an AP story below. I’ll go with an oil spill one since he was so quick to point those out. And sure, I only got a few words out of Colford, but since that doesn’t seem to matter, Iâ€™m just going to paste an entire AP story below. I like this new policy.
What do you think think about the way AP handled this?