Silicon Valley Watcher: Harry McCracken
Harry McCracken is the editor-in-chief of PC World. He recently resigned when his publisher asked him not to publish an article critical of Apple, fearing Steve Jobs’ reputation for holding long grudges and not wanting to risk the loss of Apple’s advertising dollars. Things are tough in the publishing industry, but that doesn’t mean journalistic ethics and best practices will be abandoned.
The dispute soon blew over and he was persuaded to stay on at IDG’s PC World while his publisher was reassigned to another position. The incident shed light on the importance of professional journalism and showed the independence of editorial teams. I interviewed Mr. McCracken at Stanford University.