[News] [Rival] Why Journalism is Corrupted by the Likes of Microsoft

Adverjournalism: The Role of Ad Dollars In Journalism

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| It should come as no surprise that just about every gaming forum on the 
| internet is ablaze right now following the news of GameSpot’s termination of 
| long-time editor, Jeff Gerstmann. This article, however, is not an exposé or 
| look into what really happened at GameSpot this week. Rather, consider this a 
| look at the direction of gaming journalism, advertising, and how this all 
| plays a role in the content you read.     


Geer, a security guru,  lost his job after crtiticing Microsoft for poor
security in its product. His employer had Microsoft ties.


[Microsoft keeps dossiers]

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| "It also was strange to see just how many resources are aligned
| against me when I write a story about Microsoft."
| "there were close to a dozen other people involved...Some transcribed
| the interviews I conducted; others kept notes on my every utterance
| for clues about what questions I might ask next and ultimately what my
| story would say; others briefed executives with questions I had asked
| and suggested good answers."


PC World Editor Resigns When Ordered Not to Criticize Advertisers

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| Apparently he also told the staff that product reviews had to be
| nicer to vendors who advertise in the magazine. The sad thing is 
| that given the economics of publishing in this day and age, I
| doubt anything even comes of this even tho it essentially
| confirms that PC World reviews should be thought of as no
| more than press releases. I know that's how I will consider
| links from them in the future. But congratulations to anyone
| willing to stick to their guns on such matters.


Gates buys media (for brainwash) using his so-called 'charity':

Gates sold 100,000 Univision shares-SEC filing

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| The foundation said it sold its remaining stake in Univision,
| which is in the process of being acquired by private investors,
| for an average of $35.34 per share in open market transactions.


Bill Gates lends cash to buy newspapers

$350 million to MediaNews

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| Gates involvement has been very behind the scenes. In fact many of
| those involved in the deal didn'teven know he was one of the investors.
| It was carried out through the Gates Foundation, the world's largest
| philanthropy outfit.


Gates Foundation reports AIG, Covidien stakes-filing

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| The overall value of the foundation's portfolio increased to $9.12 billion 
| from $6.64 billion as of June 30. 


Bill Gates fund reports 12.8 pct PlanetOut stake

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| Bill Gates' investment fund Cascade Investment LLC reported in a regulatory 
| filing on Friday that its holds a 12.8 percent stake in the common stock of 
| online media company PlanetOut Inc.   


More on Troy Wolverton, the Street, and Apple Scandal

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| MediaNews did buy the Mercury News with a loan from Bill Gates' foundation, 
| and is in the process of paying back that loan by publishing information 
| without much journalistic or technical integrity.  
| Specifically, I wrote “One might think that the San Jose Mercury News, being 
| located in Apple's backyard, would tend to trumpet the company's success. One 
| would be wrong... Apple's corporate proximity to San Jose is trumped by the 
| Mercury News’ need to publish low cost, highly sensational news to make 
| enough money to pay back Bill Gates for the favor of his humanitarian loan.”     


Dark clouds:

Dark cloud over good works of Gates Found


Review portfolio?

Gates Foundation Revokes Pledge to Review Portfolio

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| ...the Gates Foundation took down their public statement on this
| and replaced it with a significantly altered version which seems to
| say that investing responsibly would just be too complex for them
| and that they need to focus on their core mission: 'There are
| dozens of factors that could be considered, almost all of which
| are outside the foundation's areas of expertise. The issues
| involved are quite complex...


Media bias (follow the money):

What happened to the guts?

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| Of one thing I am fairly certain. Microsoft all but eliminated
| mainstream software competition. As a result, Microsoft became
| the primary source of advertising revenue for mainstream publications.
| You don't bite the hand that feeds you. So instead of publishing
| issues calling for a worldwide boycott of Vista because it focuses
| more on what you can't do than what you can do, you see special
| editions praising Vista as the greatest advancement in computing
| since Windows 95. Granted we all know that Windows 95 was a dog
| from day one, but by the 90s, the mainstream press had already
| become rampant with Microsoft sycophants and they pushed Windows
| 95 like it was the second coming.
| [...]
| In short, I'd love to see a mainstream publication become an
| advocate for the consumer once again.
| As noted above, there are exceptions, including Linux Journal,
| most other FOSS-centered publications and even The Register.
| But we're the little guys.



Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates 

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.

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Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>Snip (due to extreme length)

Interesting stuff. It would certainly explain a lot.

(cue troll calling Roy paranoid.)


Random Flatfish Nym:
Willy Wong
12/2/2007 9:42:16 PM