I contacted Google’s PR department for an official statement on the “Sicko Post.”
Here’s what I sent:
Hello. My name is Brian Boyko. I’m editor of Network Performance Daily as well as contributor to HardOCP and GeeksAreSexy.net.
I’d like to know more about the blog post on the Google Health Advertising Blog entitled “does negative press make you sicko,” before I report on it. What is Google’s Blog Oversight policy? Who writes it, who edits it, are there any conflicts of interest? Why was the post written and does Google stand by the assertions made in the blog post?
I can be contacted at this e-mail address, at my work e-mail address [removed], or my cellphone at [removed].
— Brian Boyko
And here’s what I got back:
Thanks for your e-mail, and sorry about taking a while to get back to you.
The following can be attributed to a Google spokesperson:
“Google has no official opinion on Michael Moore or his movie ‘Sicko’.”
Thank you again,
Global Communications & Public Affairs