It was around this time when Apple called me. They wondered if "Nightline" was interested in seeing their iPhone, iPad and MacBook final assembly lines at Foxconn during a first-ever audit by the Fair Labor Association. I said yes, very much, and immediately started imaging the reasons why they were offering such a scoop to me, of all people. Among the possibilities:
-I've said nice things about their products on the air.
-ABC News is owned by the Disney Corporation and Disney CEO Bob Iger serves on the Apple Board of Directors
-The Steve Jobs Trust is Disney's largest shareholder.
-They enjoy "Nightline."
It must be the last one, because the first three would have no bearing on my reporting and I'm pretty sure Apple knows it.
It'll be interesting to watch, for sure. I don't doubt that some won't be able to get past the above bit, but as someone who's following this (and the hype surrounding the topic) I'm really looking forward to getting this glimpse, even if it's arguably a controlled glimpse.
The whole article is pretty good, but it clearly exists to set the stage for ABC's scoop and isn't a particularly in-depth analysis.