Jobs’ Mob sees nothing funny at all about its application store and it does not like the idea of anyone having a laugh at its expense.
Fiore’s sin was that he miffed Apple’s staffers with his cartoons making fun of the Balloon Boy hoax and the pair that famously crashed a White House party.
Fiore won a Pulitzer for animations he made for SFGate, the online home of the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to an e-mail reprinted by Neiman, Apple rejected his app because it “contains content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement which states: Applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.”
However, the censoring of the material indicates something a little more scary.
Currently the iPad is being touted as a way that print media can save itself by flogging online versions of itself. However, with this ban, Apple has indicated that only content that fits into its Disneyland view of the universe will be acceptable.
So by placing itself in the hands of Apple, a newspaper can only print news that is acceptable to Jobs’s Mob or lose its iPad market.
While the New York Times does this anyway, some more serious newspapers might find appointing Steve Jobs as an official censor or editor somewhat galling.