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Google’s Eric Schmidt “art of stonewalling”

It’s been a busy week in the tech world, but the newsroom highlight of the week had more to do with what was not said. Our own Elinor Mills was dispatched on short notice from San Francisco to Orlando to interview Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He was in the land of Mickey Mouse East to tout Google Health initiatives, which hold promise for advancing the cause of improved healthcare.

Elinor came ready to discuss Google Health with Schmidt as well as other topics, such as what’s up with the paid click ad business, the economy, YouTube and, of course, the proposed Microsoft-Yahoo union.

A few minutes before the interview she was told by a Google spokesman that Schmidt would only answer questions about Google Health.

He certainly has the right to refuse to take questions, but it’s unclear what led him to stonewall. Schmidt doesn’t seem like a CEO who is afraid to go toe-to-toe with the press. Perhaps he wanted to make sure the message got out on Google Health, but Elinor had already heard all the details at the Orlando presentation and press conference.

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