A pair of heavily re-tweeted pieces dance to the edge of libel.
FORTUNE — Ruthless — perhaps criminal — business tactics are the rule not the exception at Apple AAPL and Samsung.
That’s the take-home message from a pair of stories being widely re-tweeted this weekend, one from the New York Times, the other from Vanity Fair.
According to James Stewart, who won a Pulitzer in 1988 for a series about insider trading, Steve Jobs ought to have died in jail. According to Kurt Eichenwald, two-time Polk winner and 2000 Pulitzer finalist for an investigation of medical clinical trials, Samsung should have been shut down years ago.
A pair of appetizers:
Each piece is hatchet job as my dictionary defines it — a vicious attack with a sharp weapon. And each might be considered libelous, except that Eichenwald’s reporting is based almost entirely on court documents, and Stewart has the advantage that it’s not easy to libel the dead.
Eichenwald’s piece is a must read; he’s dug up fresh details that I’ve never read before. Stewart’s story struck me as a sloppy rehash with an axe to grind. Your mileage may vary.