Wozgate erupts

“Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has posted a statement online in which he denied some of the comments attributed to him in an article I wrote recently,’ Peter Nowak reports for The New Zealand Herald. “In that statement, he suggests that I pushed him to make some of those comments, that I had an agenda in interviewing him, and that he feels used. I find Mr Wozniak’s response shocking as it is a serious attack – not only on my credibility, but also on that of the press in general. My only agenda in interviewing Mr Wozniak was to get his honestly-held thoughts on current events in technology, particularly in respect to the company he helped build.”

“Mr Wozniak did indeed make all the comments attributed to him, and he certainly was not pushed or used to accomplish any agenda, because one did not exist. I asked very open-ended questions – what was his opinion on Apple switching to Intel, what did he think about iPods, and where did he think Microsoft was heading? If anything, Mr. Wozniak steered the interview; any other questions I asked arose from where he took the conversation,” Nowak reports. “We are posting verbatim transcripts of the relevant sections of the interview, as well as an audio recording of the full interview, so that readers and listeners can decide for themselves whether Mr Wozniak was pushed or used. I recommend listening to the audio to hear the full context, flow and nuance of the conversation.”

Full article which includes the interview in MP3 format; duration 27:00; Size 9.27MB (which for some reason is ridiculously disclaimed “Requires Windows Media Player” – it does not require WMA to play) here.

MacDailyNews Take: Poor Woz. He ought to stop giving interviews about current day Apple and concentrate on Segway Polo and blank check companies. It’s nice to see they still have journalists in New Zealand at least.

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46 Comments

  1. “I find Mr Wozniak’s response shocking as it is a serious attack – not only on my credibility, but also on that of the press in general.”

    You mean to tell me journalists care about that sort of things these days?!

    Holy MacBook, Batman!

  2. What woz all this about? Woz it something I missed?

    Coz I didn’t know there woz gonna be more talk about whatever this woz.

    Geez, woz a guy gotta do to get some decent information around here? I mean, I woz under the impression that that’s what this site woz for!

    Woz I wrong?

  3. This is why people like Harrison Ford hate interviews, it’s because interviewers love “digging dirt”. They want you to reveal your opinions, especially if its against something or someone(controversial). You say something casually, and the interviewer uses it as a headline.

  4. I said this the last time this incident was mentioned – Woz isn’t operating with a full deck of cards. There have been numerous instances of remarks that I have read from him that give me the impression that he’s not all there. I love what Woz contributed to the computer community, the Mac and society in general all those years ago – but he’s really flaky. Get mad as you want at my comments, but most of his comments have struck me as more than a tad odd.

    For whatever its worth…

  5. Turd- “You mean to tell me journalists care about that sort of things these days?!”

    I don’t know why people are so blind when it comes to the jobs of journalists… when it seems like all they do is spend their time on sites like these.

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