CNET Finally Reports On Its Own Fight With CBS Over Dish CES Award

from the a-bit-slow-out-the-gate dept

Realizing that the longer it did nothing, the worse it looked, CNET itself has finally reported on the events that transpired last week when corporate boss CBS stepped into the middle of their editorial process and sought to deny CNET the ability to choose the product they thought was the best of CES, the Dish DVR with Hopper and Sling.
After the vote, we communicated the winners, as we always do, through normal channels. CNET immediately got down to the business of preparing for a massive stage show the following morning and preparing a press release.

Later that evening, we were alerted to the legal conflict for CBS. All night and through to morning, my managers up and down CNET and I fought for two things: To honor the original vote and -- when it became clear that CBS Corporate did not accept that answer -- to issue a transparent statement regarding the original vote.

Ultimately, we were told that we must use the official statement and that we must follow corporate policy to defer all press requests to corporate communications.
Of course, this is only coming out well after tons of other sources had reported on this -- and upstart competitor the Verge had already broken the story about how CBS didn't just tell CNET not to vote on the Dish device, but made them rescind the award that had already been chosen.

The CNET post, by reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine, suggests that most of the staff had no idea that CBS was in litigation with Dish and they were just doing what they were supposed to do. She also pushes back against the idea that she should resign:
We were in an impossible situation as journalists. The conflict of interest was real -- a legal case can impact the bottom line of our company and introduce the possibility of bias -- but the circumstances demanded more transparency and not hurried policy.

I could have quit right then. Maybe I should have. I decided that the best thing for my team was to get through the day as best we could and to fight the fight from the other side. Every single member of the CNET Reviews team is a dedicated, ethical, passionate technology critic. If I abandoned them now, I would be abandoning the ship.
The thing is, if she had quit, I would bet that many on her team would not have seen it as being abandoned, but actually as real leadership of someone supporting their editorial independence.

She then goes on to insist that she'll fight to make sure this doesn't happen again -- but that seems difficult to believe since earlier in the existing story it suggests that she and others gave up the fight when CBS told them what they had to do:
If I had to face this dilemma again, I would not quit. I stand by my team and the years of work they have put into making CNET what it is. But I wish I could have overridden the decision not to reveal that Dish had won the vote in the trailer. For that I apologize to my staff and to CNET readers.

The one thing I want to clearly communicate to my team and to everyone at CNET and beyond is this: CNET does excellent work. Its family of writers is unbiased, focused, bright, and true. CNET will continue to do excellent good work. Of that I am certain. Going forward, I will do everything within my power to prevent this situation from happening again.
Of course, the decision to quit is one that every individual has to make themselves. But completely taking it out of the realm of possibility gives CBS the easy power to do this again and again and again. She's signalling to CBS that it can continue to walk over CNET's editorial independence, and while the editor-in-chief may protest loudly, in the end, she won't leave. That's only going to add to the cloud over CNET's reviews going forward.


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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:47pm

    Spot on

    That's only going to add to the cloud over CNET's reviews going forward.


    Indeed so. Ms. Turrentine's explanation makes me feel less, not more, confident in CNet. They may do good work, and CBS may only rarely cause distortion in their reporting -- but if I can't tell when that distortion is happening and when it isn't, then I have to assume that it's always happening.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:50pm

    She's also signalling . . .

    She's also signalling that she'll follow corporate policy or her bosses from above. That includes, saying nothing. Preventing leaks. Covering up.

    Whether or not you protest loudly internally doesn't matter. What matters is that we can trust you, CNET and CBS. I don't trust any of you.

    CBS litigation should not be affected by CNET's award any more than it would be affected by a similar award from any other news source. CBS could claim editorial independence and that CNET's award should have no more weight in the litigation than an award from another source.

     

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    OC, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:51pm

    I don't know...

    If she had quit on the spot, who do think the new chief would have worked for ? CBS or CNET? You can't leave every time you get challenged, even if you make the wrong decision. Then you'll only have nonsense managers left.

     

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    A Non-Mouse, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:53pm

    CNET = CBS mouthpiece

    "The one thing I want to clearly communicate to my team and to everyone at CNET and beyond is this: CNET does excellent work. Its family of writers is unbiased, focused, bright, and true. CNET will continue to do excellent good work."

    Irrelevant, since all of their "good work" is filtered through the CBS suits. If CBS has final say on what CNET publishes, then all you're really getting is CBS' opinion. Anything that doesn't match CBS' agenda will never see the light of day.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:53pm

    Too little, too late

    I'm sorry, but given the fact that she and her team caved in once, and changed what they had written due to pressure from the owners of the company, why exactly should anyone trust that it won't happen again in the future? I mean, it may sound noble when she claims that she stayed so she could fight such things from the inside in the future, but what exactly does she plan on doing to stop it from happening again, that she didn't try this time around?

    Just as important to consider, is that though this time the split between what the reporters had written, vs. what the suits wanted written has been fairly public, given this I can't see how anyone could avoid wondering how many of their articles in the future will have to be 'corporate approved', removing any trace of an unbiased opinion or reporting.

    In the end I'd have to agree with the final paragraph of the article here, her decision to stay has basically told CBS that they can do what they want, and all they'll get is a little push-back and complaining before the 'news' team caves and types out what they're told to.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:55pm

    Re: I don't know...

    You can quit and keep your ethics and reputation intact.

    Or you can stay, make excuses and lose your reputation.

    CBS reputation is already ruined. Whether a journalist wants to stay or quit is their own individual choice. I'm not saying either choice is less valid. It's up to you what message you want to send.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Too little, too late

    Indeed, everything in the future may have to be CBS approved. But we may never hear another peep about it other than some nice PR speak.

    Greg Sandoval, who quit over this, has his reputation as someone ethical who won't compromise for his corporate masters.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Too little, too late

    Not to mention CBS now knows that she'll be sure that she clears everything through them first before informing anyone else. That way when this happens again, it won't be public.

    If she felt so strongly, why didn't she just say they wouldn't award a "Best of Show" this year and defer all questions to CBS Communications?

     

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    shane (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 2:59pm

    All Over the Net

    So many sites on the net seem to me to be fronts for someone to promote their own product. Wait... where was I going with this? CBS doesn't even HAVE their own stupid product though. They have commercials.

    Lucky me I don't have to watch CBS unless there's a football game on. Who's got the Superbowl this year anyhow? Please, not CBS?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    There's no need to fight to ensure it doesn't happen again. One time was enough to ruin any semblance of creditability with the process.

    What the public has learned is that the CNET vote doesn't mean crap because CBS pulls the final strings saying all is good or not.

    What it means is the usual, it's rigged when it doesn't suit the corporate home office. Sorry that's not the way you maintain any sort of believability. To have this controversy go on this long before answering just says holding the job is more important than credibility.

     

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    JWW (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:06pm

    They're done...

    Every single member of the CNET Reviews team is a dedicated, ethical, passionate technology critic.

    ....Not anymore....
    I stand by my team and the years of work they have put into making CNET what it is.

    ...You also stood by and let your corporate masters and the minutes of thought they put into censoring you destroy those years of work....

    CNET is now and forever a tarnished technological news source. How are we supposed to know what news has been filtered by their powerful owners?

    The best option, and really only option is to abandon them as a reliable news source.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:27pm

    The part that really upsets me isn't just that they pulled the award, but that they posted the B***S*** CBS explanation on their website instead of posting the truth about what happened. They say they wanted to post the real reason but were overrulled by the CBS flacks. That is worse then pulling the award itself, putting out a fake reason for what happened. How does that gibe with the editors protestations of integrity? That's not only dishonest, but is outright lying to their readers. Pure coverup. How can anyone believe anything on CNET from now on?

     

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re: Too little, too late

    Think also how this chills the other journalists. Sure they could write a possibly-controversial piece and hope it gets published, but why bother? It's not just that we'll never know if something published was filtered; it's that we definitely know that some things won't be written to begin with.

     

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Spot on

    It is always happening. Starting at the time that CBS informed CNET that CBS had final say, the writers will choose what to write based on that, even if subconsciously. I doubt many writers will spend a lot of time on certain articles knowing there is a possibility that it will be censored. We know that next year during CES, CNET will not be considering all possible gadgets for their Best Of. It's a fact. Each writer will look at the possibilities and think, "CBS might not like that one, so I won't even consider it."

    And that thought process will happen for every article idea from every CNET writer. The article they eventually write might not been edited or changed by CBS, but the writer will have written it with that possibility in mind already.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:52pm

    Integrity = no job

    Quitting might also mean losing one's home, since quitting for "integrity" might very well mean not working again for corporate America. Hope the kids have lots of health insurance saved up!

    Sometimes people have to compromise their work ethics to preserve the more important parts of their lives.

     

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    Bruce Burbank, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 3:59pm

    side note

    And let us not overlook that this whole fiasco has triggered a massive Streisand effect for CBS, because even if CNET did in the end award Best in Show to some other product, we all know what their unbiased, un-interfered-with selection would have been.

    Even though I guess they didn't officially win the award, I doubt anybody at Dish is disappointed to see all the coverage of this story this week.

     

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    Nigel (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:00pm

    Re: Integrity = no job

    I sorta concur. I don't quite get all the vitriol in the comments on this post.

    Before I got to this comment I was mulling over all the pesky caveats like food, rent, kids and so on.

    It doesn't seem to me like she and the staff simply folded like lawn chairs and capitulated.

    While I would have perhaps quit, I would have nothing substantive to lose,only things to gain from the ensuing shit storm.

    Nigel

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:13pm

    Re: Integrity = no job

    Sometimes people have to compromise their work ethics to preserve the more important parts of their lives.


    And those people have compromised their ethics and need to be treated accordingly.

     

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    akp (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:14pm

    Re: Integrity = no job

    If that was the case (and no doubt it is), then she would have been better off if she'd said nothing at all.

    Instead she's drawing attention to her lack of backbone (whatever her good reasons), rather than just trying to let it all blow over.

     

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    weneedhelp - not signed in, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:22pm

    Integrity must mean something different at CNET

    "We were in an impossible situation as journalists."
    If you have integrity, it was not an "impossible situation" at all. The decision should have been crystal clear. No matter how loud you declare:
    Going forward, I will do everything within my power to prevent this situation from happening again. - It is just an empty gesture.

    "I decided that the best thing for my team was to get through the day as best we could and to fight the fight from the other side." - In reality: I decided that the best thing for my team was to get through the day as best we could, shut our mouths, and keep our jobs. Integrity sold, check.

    It is a hard decision to leave a job due to ethics. I mean we all have bills to pay, but if you have to constantly second guess if what you are doing will get squashed or worse, get changed by upper management, well that cant be a very healthy environment either.

     

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    shane (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:24pm

    ...... ok reality check

    CBS owns CNET. It is one thing to note that CNET's claims to future reliability are not weak. A person is now well founded to question their independence from CBS for the foreseeable future. HOWEVER,

    Posting the required verbiage one's employer has foisted off on you is not some sign of weakness or moral turpitude. I am a person who has, repeatedly, left jobs because I felt they were morally questionable, from my early days at a telemarketing center to my most recent foray into real estate.

    Pretty much every job on this earth requires SOME level of ethical compromise though, if you think about it long and hard enough.

    The real criticism here should be of CBS for bullying, not against the victims of their bullying. CBS has basically just ruined CNET's brand. CBS can dump CNET, but CNET can't dump themselves.

     

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    shane (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:25pm

    Re: ...... ok reality check

    "are not weak" = "are now weak"

    Darn I wish there was an edit feature.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:25pm

    In all fairness....

    To be totally fair and impartial, CBS has returned all awards for news and tv shows it has won since May 2012

     

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    Digitari, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:39pm

    Re:

    who watches that (C)rappy (B)roadcast (S)ation or any of the other ones for that matter, thats Soooo analog

     

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    Davey, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 4:54pm

    I think there's some self-righteousness going on here re the staff. It's easy to say they should have just quit, but how many of us really would have? Not that this was their shining moment or even close, but quitting a good job just ain't as easy as some here seem to think. Plus, their replacements would almost certainly be worse because they'd be the kind who know they're walking into a whorehouse and still keep walking.

    What is more damning is Turrentine's apparent agreement that the orders from the top were kinda understandable because "the conflict of interest was real -- a legal case can impact the bottom line of our company". A lot of things could impact the bottom line, including, for example, recommending a competitor's product or exposing corporate fraud. That such garbage come out of the maws of the suits is not surprising. That the staff accepts it is unforgivable. At the very least, if they were really upset with the order, they could have published the forbidden content anyway and see what happened. This would have given them a shot at keeping their jobs and their integrity intact.

    It's sickening though that the focus of so muc blame is on the staff instead of the real scum, CBS top management, in particular CEO, Leslie Moonves. He and his "management" team have no business pretending to be in the news business. In a just world he would be out in the street and CBS would lose its license for pretending to be a news organization.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    Re: All Over the Net

    Yup. CBS...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 5:09pm

    Re: I don't know...

    It is a question of contrafactism. If something had gone another way... Maybe it would have made the complete CNET journalistic staff quit to form their own new company. It is not without precedence.

    Anyway she sold out completely already when she admitted that the bottomline of the business was what she was worried about. If you are so concerned about your companys economy that you are prepared to blatantly censor yourself, you are not a good Editor in Chief: You are acting like an accountant or vice director, which is exactly what you cannot do when handling journalistic tasks.

     

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    Trails (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 5:49pm

    The idiocy is...

    The problem with Lindsey's statements is that while her motions are all in the right direction, CBS has already demonstrated they will undercut CNET's editorial process the instant it suits them.

    The one thing I want to clearly communicate to my team and to everyone at CNET and beyond is this: CNET does excellent work. Its family of writers is unbiased, focused, bright, and true. CNET will continue to do excellent good work. Of that I am certain. Going forward, I will do everything within my power to prevent this situation from happening again.


    This amounts to "I will ensure that all pistons keep firing in the engine, regardless of whether the carburetor fails." Car still don't go.

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 5:57pm

    Re: Integrity = no job

    "Sometimes people have to compromise their work ethics to preserve the more important parts of their lives."

    Exactly what is more important to a reporter than their ethics?

    She took the easy path, keeping the job, and now everyone knows the only thing she can be trusted to do is kiss corporate ass!

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 6:12pm

    Re:

    Seems like there is a song somewhere that covered this many years ago.

    You've got to stand for something (or your fall for anything).

    "Now Daddy didn't like trouble, but if it came along
    Everyone that knew him knew which side that he'd be on
    He never was a hero, or this county's shinin' light
    But you could always find him standing up
    For what he thought was right

    He'd say you've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything
    You've got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
    Never compromise what's right and uphold your family name
    You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything"

     

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    wallow-T, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 6:13pm

    Now that we have seen how CBS corporate regards its news properties, we know what the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes are worth.

     

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    DCL, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

    She didn't have to quit

    She didn't' have to quit in a dramatic fashion.

    She could have just refused to accept the order and publish the winner anyway. That would be her fighting for her team as she says (after the fact) is important while still keeping her journalistic integrity.

    Sure the suits could have fired her but that would have been even better for her staff, as they would be forced to accept that CNET has been comprised and start looking for other work.

    If her other skills were at all decent I am guessing that she would find work elsewhere as she was able to show she had integrity. At this point she is tainted.

    She states
    "Every single member of the CNET Reviews team is a dedicated, ethical, passionate technology critic. If I abandoned them now, I would be abandoning the ship."


    ... but what she didn't realize then is she WAS abandoning them on journalist integrity level as soon as she was more worried about the bottom line.

    "The conflict of interest was real -- a legal case can impact the bottom line of our company and introduce the possibility of bias --"


    I guess it easy to play Monday morning QB if it isn't your hide on the line.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 8:18pm

    Re: All Over the Net

    I though all sports were on RojaDirecta.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 8:51pm

    Journalism will always be biased. Choosing one story over another is just exactly that, and one product over another is no different. Giving out a reward for one thing over another just drives the point home. Why is one product better than another? Well, because you made an opinion about it saying so and then take it a step further and give out rewards.

    If you don't want to show bias then just report on every single item: this is what it is and this it what it does and nothing more. Inform the audience and let them make up their own mind, that's being unbiased - saying something is the best and giving out a "gold star" - that's showing bias.

    The editor's lame excuse for "standing ground" is one of the most pathetic attempts at sounding sincere I've seen in quite some time. If she had any integrity she would have just published the results anyway, handed out the rewards, and FACED THE CONSEQUENCES - that's what integrity is. Backing down, tucking tail, and then trying to be honorable after-the-fact is just plain cowardly. Just admit you want to keep your job, it's plainly obvious and there's nothing wrong with that - income is more important than giving out pats on the back.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 15th, 2013 @ 9:04pm

    Re: ...... ok reality check

    You either have integrity or you do not, it's as simple as that. Make ANY compromise and you no longer have it.

     

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    Tex Arcana (profile), Jan 15th, 2013 @ 10:34pm

    Re: CNET = CBS mouthpiece

    Yes, CNET has just lost all credibility, having caved. CBS just proved to all that their credibility was shot to hell long ago, and this is just another nail in their worthless rotting coffin.

    Fuck you, CNET.

    Fuck you, CBS.

     

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    Andrew D. Todd, Jan 16th, 2013 @ 4:34am

    The Future of CNET's Conflict-of-Interest

    Look at it this way, just about every discount store/grocery store/drug store/convenience store chain has its own house brand of soda pop and suchlike. There are something like a hundred different Linux distributions, most of them derivative of ("downstream from") Debian and Ubuntu. As Android becomes more ramified, and has a larger assortment of functionality built into the core distribution, it will become easier and easier to build a fully tricked-out tablet, or game console, or DVR box. Furthermore, these boxes will be "opportunistic omnivores" in terms of their back-end communication, able to use multiple and alternative satellites, cellphone, WiFi, and either cable or telephone landlines, according to whichever is cheapest at the moment. It will be rather less difficult to have a house brand "data box" than it is to have house brand soda. CBS will, as a matter of course, sell its own boxes in all the major categories, just as Sears Roebuck used to have its own brands of typewriters, along with every significant household appliance or electronic entertainment device. You can see the kind of chronic conflict-of-interest CNET is going to have.

     

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    Gregg, Jan 16th, 2013 @ 5:10am

    could never trust them again

    everyone will always remember and no one will trust them again. Their decline will be slow, but surely.
    What was that editor thinking, she should start training on a different job, as no one will ever hire her.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 16th, 2013 @ 5:19am

    Maybe it's time...

    To take away controll over the CES voting process from CNET and give it to someone not subject to this sort of interference.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 16th, 2013 @ 9:02am

    Why does CNET get to choose

    Why not have a re-vote but exclude CNET for bias? Then a award can be presented for the most innovative product. We must remember that CBS still lives in the tube-tv era and therefore would not know innovation if it kicked them in the ass.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 16th, 2013 @ 9:04am

    Re: Integrity = no job

    I'm still just disappointed over the loss of all that contract work over Endor....

     

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    lostalaska (profile), Jan 16th, 2013 @ 12:29pm

    C|NET is now Officially CBS's B*tch

    Luckily nowadays we have the internet (shhhhhh, no one tell CBS) so it's easy to just go somewhere else and let CNET fall into irrelevance, well more so then they already have.

     

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    Ophelia Millais (profile), Jan 16th, 2013 @ 12:57pm

    It's not self-righteous to call invertebrates 'spineless'

    True, it's not easy to quit.

    I recently dealt with this in a large company where I was one of very few people to stick my neck out over an unethical policy. I found, by talking to my coworkers, that most just hadn't even thought about it much. Once they did think about it, they all agreed that the situation stunk to high heaven. Yet despite this, they each had various reasons they wouldn't quit, disobey, publicly protest, demand concessions, or even voice their concerns to higher-ups:

    1. Inertia, complacency, overall job satisfaction, desire to maintain good relations with coworkers, realization that it'll blow over and soon be forgotten. "Yeah, I was ready to quit or raise a big stink about this yesterday, but I thought about it and you know, it's just one little thing wrong in an otherwise good job." (This goes on for years.)

    2. Deference to authority, confidence in superiors, fear of reprimand, fear of not being promoted or getting a raise, fear of being the only one to disagree or take greater action than others, fear of peers being negatively affected. Aside from not wanting to rock the boat, people feel it can be counterproductive to doubt the boss or consider options other than what's offered from above. "Yes, it's unethical, but surely they're doing what's good for the company, what's good for all of us in the long run; they rely on our confidence in them. Where do I sign?"

    3. Fear of the unknown: not having another job lined up, no confidence of landing on one's feet, reluctance to belt-tighten, fear of being seen as a boat-rocker when looking for a new job, embarrassment of facing friends & family with even temporary abandonment of the dogged pursuit of life "success" as measured by career/income/property. It's astonishing how many conflict-averse adults allow their parents to dictate their priorities, or who equate downsizing with personal failure. "But I can't give up the McMansion yet; I'll lose money on it. Besides, I have kids!"

    4. Fear of legal repercussions. Many have signed a no-compete agreement, so they feel like they can't start up or join another company and carry on like nothing happened, and don't consider talking to a lawyer about what the risks actually are. Some also worry that public protest carries a risk of personal liability for a perceived negative impact on their publicly traded company's stock price. "What if they sue me?"

    5. Prioritization of personal ethics. Many are paralyzed by moral conflicts, or just feel it is more important to follow through with one's personal and contractual commitments than to stand up for any other rights or moral courses of action that arise later. Faced with the choice, they'll continue following the rules and letting the captains steer the ship. "Yes, it's starting to look like this relationship isn't working out so well, but I made my bed and now I have to lie in it."

    6. Mercenary tendencies. Some are just in it for the money. They don't care about the ethics of the situation, they just want the paycheck. Maybe they felt that way when they signed on, or maybe they're just beaten-down and numb from all the corporate B.S. "Let someone else fight the good fight. For me, it's just a job."

    7. Blissful ignorance, resignation to the fact that every job has some kind of distasteful aspects, or just no room in one's life for work-related drama. Some avoid or ignore anything that upsetting. "I just can't worry about this right now. Besides, it's just work. I've seen worse. I'm on the path of least resistance."

    8. Gratitude. "The economy is down; I'm lucky/glad/blessed to have a job."

    9. Organizing as a group and taking one's concerns to management is one step removed from forming a union, which many people oppose for political reasons, and which puts management squarely on the defensive. It may well create a hostile, adversarial environment for the everyone. "I don't want to screw things up for me and my coworkers. Besides, unions are bad for business, bad for America."


    Every one of these reasons can reasonably be interpreted as a manifestation of spinelessness. Just because there's a bunch of them doesn't change that. It is what it is. If that's too harsh a name for it, how about "fear-based decision-making".

    If you're spineless, just admit it. And if you begrudge being derided for it, then either grow a thicker skin, or grow some balls and do something to improve your situation. Calling your accuser "self-righteous" is just ad hominem.

    (FWIW, I did stick it out in gracious/mercenary mode for a while, but quit before getting something else lined up, and haven't regretted it one bit. It required some adjustments, but I have other sources of income and am doing fine.)

     

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    Ophelia Millais (profile), Jan 16th, 2013 @ 1:01pm

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    From an Associated Press report:

    A spokesman for CBS, which also owns such marquee journalism properties as CBS News and 60 Minutes, declined to comment on how a similar situation might be handled if it occurred at its other news properties.

    "In terms of covering actual news, CNET maintains 100 percent editorial independence, and always will," CBS said in a prepared statement.

     

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    Tex Arcana (profile), Jan 16th, 2013 @ 7:10pm

    Re: It's not self-righteous to call invertebrates 'spineless'

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    Tex Arcana (profile), Jan 16th, 2013 @ 7:20pm

    Re: The Future of CNET's Conflict-of-Interest

    Nah, there won't be any conflict at all! it'll just give CBS a great advertising outlet!

     

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