CNET Reports On Losing CES 'Best In Show' Powers, But Hides Byline

from the wtf-is-going-on? dept

So we just wrote about how CEA had taken away CNET’s ability to name the “best of show” product at CES (then re-named the Dish Hopper with Sling as the Best in Show as CNET staff had originally intended). Somewhat surprisingly, given the publications’ reluctance to say too much about all of this so far, CNET, itself, reported the story, talking about itself in an almost creepily bland manner, and never even noting the oddity that it is reporting on itself. However, one tidbit stands out:

See that byline? It just says “CNET News staff” rather than naming whoever wrote it. I cannot recall ever seeing that before on CNET. At the very least, it raises some questions. Is this a form of a “byline strike” that some journalists have used to protest management practices at other publications? Is it CNET cowardice in reporting on stories that reflect poorly on CNET? Is it a random cry for help among CNET reporters, blinking furiously as a signal to the outside world, while trapped inside their CBS-imposed-editorially-compromised prisons, letting us know they’re alive and want out? I’m betting on that last one.

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alanbleiweiss (profile) says:

Clicking on the byline “name” just reloads the same article – all other byline names link to the author page for that individual. So I did a Google exact match search on “CNet News Staff” and it brings up several articles with the same byline going back to at least 2011. Each of the articles I checked also had that byline link to the article it was used on.

Maybe it’s hiding, maybe its a protest, however as much as the whole fiasco makes me want to vomit, my guess for this is it’s usually articles written by interns, or more likely, a senior staff member who is not a regular author. Which of course, in context, makes it even more head-scratchingly annoying to see…

Tex Arcana (profile) says:

CNET: now the bastion of journalistic iniquity, and malware distribution...

Yes, I said “virus/spam distribution”. I sent the esteemed editors of this fine publication a link ( to a story about how CNET is allowing malware to pervade their downloads now. it’s all in the form of “advertising”, but it’s duplicitous at best, and it shows a particular callous disregard of the trust of the people who use CNET and read their articles looking for truth (like me).

You know: they act like CBS runs them, or something. bunch of entertainment industry “execs” who couldn’t lead their way out of a poo-filled paper bag without the MAFIAA and a lawsuit.

I think it’s time to drop said bag on CNETs front stoop and set fire to it.

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