This morning, I flipped to the Wall Street Journal to see that both Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and Jim Benson of SpaceDev made the front page (subscription required), above the fold. Wow! It doesn't get any better than being front and center in the second biggest newspaper in the United States.
Unfortunately, the article is about a very public feud between the two regarding who built the engines for SpaceShipOne. At times over the last couple of years, Burt Rutan has been dismissive of SpaceDev's contribution. Even if Rutan is correct in the details of the feud, this isn't the way to make the WSJ front page! And even if SpaceDev didn't deliver on the engines and Scaled Composites had to redesign the engines for them to work as hoped -- as seems quite possible -- then Rutan just should have let SpaceDev gain a negative reputation in the industry of its own accord.
Some things are better left unsaid publicly.