Here is a rather incredible follow-up story, from AOL’s Moviefone, about their request of Techcrunch to make a story more friendly. It’s bizarre! (The request from Moviefone went like this: “Let me know if you’re able to take another look at it and make any edits.”)
And Moviefone says: “The person who wrote that email was not acting in an editorial capacity. That person’s job is to act as an intermediary between the studios and editorial… the presence of a person with that role is just one means we have of ensuring editorial integrity on Moviefone.” Wha? So people who don’t act in an “editorial capacity” can say things like “let me know if you’re able to… make any edits.” That’s sort of definitionally opposed? They go on: “We work with movie studios every day, and it is in our best interests to stay on good terms with them.” That’s true. It is.