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CEA Takes Away CNET's Role In Picking CES Best In Show; Awards Dish Hopper 'Best In Show'

from the ouch dept

The saga of CBS's braindead decision to interfere with CNET editorial and order reporters to take Dish's Hopper DVR out of the running for "best in show" (after they'd already given it the award) continues to have fallout. Beyond having one of its top reporters resign in protest, while having morale falling and, of course, handing Dish a perfect marketing opportunity, now it has pissed off the Consumer Electronics Association as well.

You see, CNET's "Best in Show" award wasn't just for CNET itself, but for the official CES show. Part of CNET's deal with CEA was that its picks for "Best of CES" were the official awards for CES. Until now. CEA boss Gary Shapiro first slammed CBS in an editorial, and then CEA followed that up by officially ending CNET's position as the official picker of the "Best in Show" for CES. In trying to save face, someone from CBS told The Verge (in the link above) that it "had already determined it would not attempt to partner with CES for the awards again." Yeah, sure.

Oh yeah. CES also has now officially named the Dish Hopper with Sling as "Best of Show" saying it's now the "co-winner" with the Razer Edge gaming tablet that CNET chose after CBS suits stepped in and decimated their editorial independence.


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    silverscarcat (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 1:06pm

    As is said often on the Simpsons...

    Haw haw!

     

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    Glen, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 1:57pm

    Stick a fork in CNET.

    They are done.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:03pm

    Good for CEA. Can't wait for the next Dish ad. Wonder if they have plans to run one during the Superbowl and if they are scurrying to get this tidbit into the production. THAT would be awesome if they do and can make it. Wouldn't it?

     

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    Former CNet reader, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:03pm

    Wow! They actually did it.

    Leave it to CBS to destroy an 11 year relationship in the blink of stupidity not to mention any credibility that C|Net had left.
    And the cherry - Dish gets their Best of Show!

    Leslie Moonves probably is having an aneurysm right about now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:05pm

    Re:

    Especially since the Superbowl is airing on CBS. :)

     

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    Some Guy, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:06pm

    Way to play the "I quit *before* they fired me" card!

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:07pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:26pm

    Official winner: Dish Hopper with Sling/ Razer Edge Gaming Tablet

    Official losers: CNET and CBS

    Remember there is no such thing as bad publicity...

     

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    streetlight (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:34pm

    CNET now has no creds at all

    Will anyone ever again respect any CNET review? Seems like they should fold up shop and go away.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:35pm

    Best in Show

    Excuse me if this off the subject a little bit, but just take a guess at how much I can bench press. Come on, what do you think? Take a guess. 315 pounds, at the top of my game, maxing out at 500!

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 2:53pm

    Re: CNET now has no creds at all

    CNET reviews have for over 10 years been a sponsored joke among us that know better. Sure they get it close to right every now and then, but most times they are just nodding in the direction of their biggest advertiser.

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    Re: Stick a fork in CNET.

    pretty much... they have been sliding downhill for some times now and this was pretty much the packet that broke the ethernet strand in my mind.

     

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    That Crazy Freetard (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:21pm

    "had already determined it would not attempt to partner with CES for the awards again."

    Once, just once, could one of these giants show one shred of humility instead of resorting to this petulance? CBS just made themselves look like they're run by a bunch of middle schoolers.

     

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    shane (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:21pm

    Why All Our Junks Sucks

    As an American, if you are not overpaying for crappy service, you are of no use to our corporate/state.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    HUBS

    Poor Leslie M is afflicted with (HUBS) "Head-Up-Butt-Syndrome".

     

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    dave blevins (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:31pm

    CNET and CBS

    Bye, bye CNET.

     

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    Haywood (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 3:32pm

    Re: Stick a fork in CNET. (slightly off topic)

    Very much so, I even reported them to Badware for including a pup installer in a piece of freeware hosted on their site, no opt out, just a silent install that took the better part of an afternoon to cleanup.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 6:21pm

    Re: As is said often on the Simpsons...

    I bet almost every person that read your post did so in the voice of Nelson Muntz.

     

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    Alana (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 11:39pm

    Re: Best in Show

    bro do you even lift

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 12:23am

    Re: Best in Show

    Mr. Moonves, really that has nothing to do with the topic of the asinine move your company committed.

     

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    Marge Bouvier, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:41am

    Re: middle schoolers

    "CBS ... looks like they're run by a bunch of middle schoolers"
    On behalf of my two middle school kids, I reject the comparison! They are way more fair-minded and mature than this.

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:36am

    Re: HUBS

    It takes a tremendous amount of flexibility to insert one's foot into one's mouth while simultaneously keeping one's head up one's ass... I think that's from Confucious...

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:46am

    Re: Re: middle schoolers

    I'd say CBS is as smart as a box of rocks ... but then I'd be insulting the rocks....

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:42am

    I wonder if they breed big content executives to be prone to shooting themselves in the feet, or is it a part of the job criteria?

     

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    Gregg, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 11:25am

    Yep

    No surprise here

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 1:53pm

    > it's now the "co-winner" with the Razer
    > Edge gaming tablet that CNET chose after
    > CBS suits stepped in and decimated their
    > editorial independence.

    CBS did a lot more than decimate CNET's editorial independence. A decimation would be a reduction of 10%, leaving 90% intact. Seems like CBS did a lot more harm than that.

     

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    Gear Guy, Sep 25th, 2013 @ 10:28am

    I like Cnet, they give pretty neutral reviews. It is typical of CBS though.

     

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