Last week I wrote about a story I believed represented IP that was stolen from the AFR.
Today I received an email from my former colleague at the centre of that story who was very disappointed about the post and asked me to remove it from my blog and apologise.
I've done just that. This is the first time I can recall deleting a post. You don't do it lightly, so take that as an indication of my sincerity.
And no, I’ve not received any other correspondence or been instructed in any way by my employer.
To explain, I honestly regret that what was meant to be a cheeky post has been perceived as an attack on his character. That was certainly not my intent. Blogs, like email, can be misinterpreted. As for how the post reflected on my character, well that's just something I'll have to wear. We all make bad judgement calls, and since this is a personal blog, I'll stand up and say that was one of mine.
I’d like to make it very clear that I think Ben is one of the most talented IT journos in the country.
I heaped high praise on him during a speech to staff when he left. Despite what you might otherwise think now, I meant every word of it and have not changed my opinion.
My only option in a case like this is to set the record straight and fix the mess because I value relationships far more than competitive jousting.