REPORT: Carly’s Way
Researched by Kim Perry
I reached Dave Berman, media relations manager for HP Labs on April 13. (CONTACT INFORMATION REMOVED). Berman said the article was suspicious because it was so detailed.
“G.S. was 28 years in the business. He worked on ink jet technology. Someone would know him. We looked around and it didn’t sound like anyone we knew.”
Berman said there were inconsistencies in G.S.’s area of skill. He said usually experts on ink jet technology don’t work outside that field. Berman also said Carly Fiorina was an HP labs advocate.
HP attempted to track down G.S. by searching lists it keeps of employees who leave the company. Berman said HP searched for a G.S. who left in 2003. The search turned up one person with the initials G.S., an Indian woman. He said the search didn’t even come close to fitting Michelle Delio’s description of G.S.
Technology Review gave HP the first name of Greg. But Berman said no one fit the description. Berman said G.S. could have left the company and returned as a contractor, but it’s unlikely.
On April 12, I also exchanged e-mails with Ryan J. Donovan, Director of Corporate Media Relations for HP and sent him questions. (CONTACT INFORMATION REMOVED)
]REPORT: Carly’s Gone HP Celebrates
Researched by Josef Sawyer and Kim Perry
There were three unnamed sources in the story who could not be verified because no contact information was available.
David Berman, the Hewlett-Packard public relations manger, was unaware of this story and is checking company records for a Keith Abrams, an engineer, who is quoted in the story as having left HP three years ago. (Update: On Monday, May 16, 2005, Rasky informed Technology Review that HP could not locate any record of the one named source, Keith Abrams, who appeared in the story.)
REPORT: Rage Against the Machines
Researched by Krista Mahr
Between the dates of April 1 and April 7, 2005, I attempted to make contact with the three sources listed in the article.
Kent Norman of University of Maryland, was contacted by phone and verified that he had been in contact with Michelle Delio by phone and by email. Norman verified the truthfulness of his direct quotes, indirect quotes, excerpts from the online data survey that he runs, and background information throughout the article.
Jim Reinert of Ontrack Data Recovery, was contacted by phone and did not recall specifically having spoken to Michelle Delio as he speaks with the press regularly. He did verify the truthfulness of the information about his company as mentioned in the article, and provided the Journalism School with the company press release from which he believed the information in the article and his indirect quotes came.
I was unable to locate a source decscribed as Manhattan graphic designer Jim Heedles. A person of the same name who appears frequently on the internet was contacted by email and confirmed he was not the source listed. Searches were made on Jim Heedles in Google, Zoom Info (a web-based search engine), and the general news indexes of Lexis Nexis.