So, Marco Arment, John Gruber, and MG Siegler (has anyone ever seen them in the same room?) all jumped on a quote from Eric Schmidt which was supposedly very arrogant and proves Schmidt knows no developer likes Android. The joke’s on them, though, since none of them actually bothered to watch the source video to verify Schmidt was quoted properly. As it turns out, he was not, as Julian Yap notes. Update: Arment, Siegler, and Gruber have posted updates.
Schmidt was misquoted by CNet, and without verifying by actually checking the video of the interview on YouTube, Arment, Gruber, and Siegler jumped on Schmidt’s quote as yet another opportunity to bash Google. This is how CNet misquoted Schmidt:
Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform, and maybe you’ll even deliver it first.
As it turns out, though, the real quote, including the context, is very, very different. Not only is the quote itself substantially different, Schmidt is actually honest by pointing out several mistakes Google has made, and by praising Apple for doing a fantastic job with their application store. The real quote:
Whether you like ICS or not, and again I like it a great deal, you will want to develop for that platform, and perhaps even first.
Not only was Schmidt actually talking about Ice Cream Sandwich and not Android as a whole, the key here really is the verb “want”, which changes the entire atmosphere of the quote. All this just proves once again that when it comes to directly quoting someone, you have to first look at whether the quote is correct, as well assess the context. In other words, you have to actually check the source of the quote (if possible).
Now, we at OSNews never have any problems with admitting mistakes (I’m only human, after all) – now let’s see just how big CNet, Arment, Gruber, and Siegler really are. They are all influential bloggers or websites, and should know better by now.