It appears that someone had even suggested that Steve Jobs let Gizmodo’s checkbook journalism slide. But no, that would “change [Apple’s] core values.”
Gizmodo’s checkbook journalism was certainly shady, but here’s the thing – the cat was already out of the bag. Too much interest in future Apple products for this to be a deterrent (and look at the Vietnamese and Czech reporters who got
iPads (correction: iPhones – this is what I get for typing after work) afterwards,) and it wasn’t going to get the info that was already out there back in there.