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Google Grumbles

1:00 PM -- The CFO of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has a bone to pick with the likes of me.

Speaking at a West Coast investor conference this week, George Reyes urged attendees not to believe everything that's written about Google.

"Please don't believe everything that you read in the press -- it's just over the top. Most articles that I read have factual inaccuracies in them," said the former Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) exec. He didn't elaborate further.

George, I've got a bone to pick with you, too. (Actually, a couple of bones.) For one thing, most informed decision-makers don't believe everything they read -- whether it's in the press or published by vendors. But you've usually got a better shot at accuracy if you get the facts out there for public consumption.

As most tech journalists (myself included) will attest, getting information out of Google is like getting blood from a stone. Harder, in fact. Requests of all kinds, including requests for comment, are simply ignored. Requests for interviews, if persistent, are routinely, if politely, denied.

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