I’ve heard this kind of thing a lot from traditional journalists. The idea of sharing online is truly foreign to them. Anything they say in public could be heard by the competitors! It’s at once egotistical “everything I think is so valuable I have to hoard it” and dismissive of everyone else “therefore all those people on the net sharing their thoughts must be worthless”.
The inability to see social media as anything other than a place to mine for traffic is at the core of why the traditional media doesn’t get the net, and why the net is going to replace them.