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(The Atlantic Wire)   What passes for "editorial independence" these days: Cnet forced by its parent company, CBS, to rescind a "best of" tech award to Dish Network's "The Hopper" DVR, because CBS is suing Dish Network over the device's ability to skip commercials   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 15
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2013-01-11 11:59:46 AM  
6 votes:
That is what happens when 99% of all popular media is (literally) about 7-8 companies.
2013-01-11 01:03:30 PM  
4 votes:
cnet.com has been packaging spyware with the downloads for a while. Fark them.
2013-01-11 12:08:12 PM  
3 votes:
Now, I'm not saying CNet is fixing reviews based on the whims of CBS, but it looks like the opportunity is there.

So, why trust anything CNet says? How do I know that CBS isn't telling them which products must be rated higher or lower?
2013-01-11 01:16:13 PM  
2 votes:
Did rescinding that award install a yahoo toolbar, homepage change and bonzi buddy?
2013-01-11 01:13:56 PM  
2 votes:

Outlawtsar: People still go to CNET for some reason? I think the last time I was there I was downloading a Netscape browser add-on.

Slight threadjack, but is Consumer Reports still a reputable ranking site or has it suffered the same fate? If not, what is these days for electronics, appliances, and such?


Some might accuse it of other things, but, I think from the standpoint that Consumers Union (who publishes Consumer Reports) is a non-profit not owned by any corporation, it is at least not influenced directly like CNet obviously is.

Of course, who is on the board, etc, that have connections to other companies, and what influence that might have, who knows.
2013-01-11 11:59:53 AM  
2 votes:
Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a brilliant product winning your contest. If the product wins your parent company will lose money, if you stop it from winning no one will take that contest seriously ever again. What do you do? What do you do?

Shoot the idiot that let Cnet get bought out.
2013-01-11 11:38:14 PM  
1 votes:
So for the rest of you following at home: CNet (cent) has been phoning it in for years now and just recently they voluntarily admitted to just how biased they are vs their corporate overlords. In other words: Cent is bullshiat, don't even bother looking at them to review anything, they are corporate whores.
2013-01-11 02:55:14 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, CNET as a brand went into the toilet when CBS bought them.

Molly Wood - you should have left when you had the chance to go work for Leo.
2013-01-11 02:41:33 PM  
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one


It's not all rereuns of BJ and the Bear and Jersey Shore. I do, however, find you much more hip and edgy after that post. Please, tell me about your favorite bands.
2013-01-11 01:59:02 PM  
1 votes:
Don't worry guys. Soon everything will be owned by Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony, and all this unpleasant dissent will be quashed.
2013-01-11 01:56:45 PM  
1 votes:

Uranus Is Huge!: 2 terabytes of storage, up to 6 shows recorded at once. Nice GUI.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Someone thinks there are six things worth watching on tv at the same time
hahahahahahhahaha
You're lucky if you can find one
2013-01-11 01:09:09 PM  
1 votes:
People still go to CNET for some reason? I think the last time I was there I was downloading a Netscape browser add-on.

Slight threadjack, but is Consumer Reports still a reputable ranking site or has it suffered the same fate? If not, what is these days for electronics, appliances, and such?
2013-01-11 01:06:06 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: Joe USer: Now, I'm not saying CNet is fixing reviews based on the whims of CBS, but it looks like the opportunity is there.

So, why trust anything CNet says? How do I know that CBS isn't telling them which products must be rated higher or lower?

Exactly. Next will be "rate this Sony product high" because (if memory serves) Sony is affiliated with CBS.


Or, at the very least, would be interesting to see how companies that heavily advertise on CBS, like on football games, etc, how their products rate on average vs. other companies on CNet.
2013-01-11 12:39:11 PM  
1 votes:
To be fair, it's not as if CNet is relevant anymore.
2013-01-11 12:17:50 PM  
1 votes:

Joe USer: Now, I'm not saying CNet is fixing reviews based on the whims of CBS, but it looks like the opportunity is there.

So, why trust anything CNet says? How do I know that CBS isn't telling them which products must be rated higher or lower?


Exactly. Next will be "rate this Sony product high" because (if memory serves) Sony is affiliated with CBS.
 
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