Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11:35 am.

ABC News preview for Apple-Foxconn ‘Nightline’ report

Apple promised complete access, no dog-and-pony, no Potemkin Village, but they denied my repeated requests to interview Apple CEO Tim Cook or the senior vice president of industrial design, Jony Ive.

Also smart of ABC’s Bill Weir to quickly disclose¬†Apple’s conflicts of interest in giving this huge exclusive to ABC News.

I said yes, very much, and immediately started imaging the reasons why they were offering such a scoop to me, of all people. Among the possibilities:

- I’ve said nice things about their products on the air.

- ABC News is owned by the Disney Corporation and Disney CEO Bob Iger serves on the Apple Board of Directors

- The Steve Jobs Trust is Disney’s largest shareholder.

- They enjoy “Nightline.”

It must be the last one, because the first three would have no bearing on my reporting and I’m pretty sure Apple knows it.

Should be an interesting episode. Tuesday night, 11:35 p.m. ET, on ABC.