News.com Picks Best Of Mobile World Congress, But Leaves You Wondering Which CBS Lawsuit Partner They Didn't Review

from the tainted dept

Mobile World Congress, the big trade show for mobile devices, just wrapped up. It’s become sort of the go-to place for mobile device makers to announce their new products (even though two of the bigger Android developers, Samsung and HTC, decided to do their big announcements outside of MWC). For the tech press, it’s the the “next big show” after CES. As you may remember, there was a bit of a kerfuffle as CNET’s parent company, CBS broke down (with sledgehammers) that big wall between business and editorial by forcing CNET to take away the “Best of Show” award they had chosen to give Dish’s latest DVR, all because CBS was suing Dish over the product. So, when I saw that CNET had awarded the Ubuntu Touch as “Best of Show” for MWC, all I could wonder was what products did CBS ban CNET from covering at MWC. Once tainted, it’s difficult to trust their reviews ever again, which is a real shame.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Honestly, the damage is done. I would not trust CNET to pick the best flea, much less some new product because none of us can be sure some sort of guidelines have already been handed down to CNET about what it can or can not pick.

Once you damage the trust and confidence of the public with something like a corporate over ride after the fact, there no longer remains any integrity to be believed.

The deed is done, the damage has been wrought.

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: We Need a List

I’d go farther and say ‘lawsuit or business deal’.

After all if they are willing to interfere with reporting based upon a negative relationship with the maker of a product, it’s not much of a stretch to wonder if a positive relationship might affect any reviews or reporting a product might get as well.

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