Recode has always had a reputation for being a little bit weird.
The company, which has a big tech and media audience, is often described as the unofficial blog of Silicon Valley, and it’s certainly been no stranger to the weird.
But this year, it has been pushing the envelope of what people can expect from a tech news website.
In the last several months, Recode editor-in-chief Josh Constine has also gone on record as saying that the Journal’s editorial standards aren’t too stringent.
And while Recode’s editorial page has been generally supportive of President Donald Trump, it hasn’t been always so supportive of the media.
For instance, in February, the Journal ran a story titled, “Trump’s Russia-related ties threaten to complicate White House communications strategy.”
The story cited a leaked memo from a former White House official that suggested Trump’s advisers were trying to influence the investigation into the death of Michael Flynn.
Recode, by contrast, reported that the memo was “unmasked and leaked,” and the story said the Trump administration “is considering its options” to fire former FBI Director James Comey.
In other words, Recoders story was actually true, and the Journal was trying to spin it as a problem.
In May, the company ran a piece about how its technology editor-at-large, David Pogue, was considering writing an op-ed piece for the Journal to counter the Journal story.
Pogue responded with a blog post that said the article was a joke, and that he would instead try to find a way to work with Recode to “explore what it means to be a journalist” in the Journal.
That kind of response, which comes after a number of other tech-focused publications ran stories questioning Recodes credibility, raised a lot of eyebrows among some members of the tech industry.
And a few months ago, Recodes cofounder Ben Smith apologized to the Journal for a piece he wrote last year criticizing Recode for its coverage of the Flynn story.
Smith also said that he didn’t think he was being unfairly attacked by Recode.
“I know that I’m the only person on the site who is really an adversarial person,” he said at Recode last month.
“And I understand why people are angry about it.
I just don’t think that I’ve ever been unfairly attacked in the way that other people have.”
(We reached out to Recode about Pogue’s comments, and will update this post when we get more information.)
Still, some people in tech were angry that Pogue had chosen to speak out against Recode because of its coverage.
“The Recode article is a joke,” said Daniel Eklund, an analyst with research firm iDigitalTimes.
“It’s a piece of satire.
There’s nothing wrong with satire, but I don’t see how anyone could find the humour in it.”
Eklund also criticized the company for not having a policy against “hate speech” on its site.
“If the Journal is going to run an oped piece by a Recode journalist, the person writing it should not be allowed to do it, no matter how much of a joke it is,” he wrote in a blog.
“What does hate speech mean?
Hate speech is a term that was coined in the United States in 1919, when it was defined by the Supreme Court of the United State as a form of protected speech that was offensive, hateful, and disparaging of a group or of a person.”
The piece has since been pulled, but the piece itself has since gone viral on the Recode site.
Eklund said that the piece was written to “undermine” Recode and its reputation.
“Its a ridiculous piece of journalism,” he told Recode in a recent interview.
“Recode is doing what it can to help the president get elected and its a very, very well-written piece.
Its a bit like a soap opera, but its very well written.”
Ekland said that while he didn`t believe the Journal had “bad intent,” he felt that the article could have been more thoughtful.
“Somehow they think that it is okay to say that they’re a ‘trendy’ tech company,” he continued.
“You don`t want to say anything that would undermine your company’s reputation.”
But in his post on Recode this week, Pogue did acknowledge that his piece was “a joke.”
He also said in the interview that he hoped to write more op-eds for the company.
“Maybe someday I will,” Pogue wrote.
But at the very least, he said, he would try to help others understand why Recode should be the place to publish op-eddies.
“People have said it is not a great place to write op-dedays,” Pogues blog post said.
“That is not true.
I would hope that