Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2007 14:27 UTC, submitted by ozonehole
Apple "Colleagues at my former outlet, PC World magazine, have told me that Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken quit abruptly today because the company's new CEO, Colin Crawford, tried to kill a story about Apple and Steve Jobs. The piece, a whimsical article titled 'Ten Things We Hate About Apple', was still in draft form when Crawford killed it. McCracken said no way and walked after Crawford refused to compromise. Apparently Crawford also told editors that product reviews in the magazine were too critical of vendors, especially ones who advertise in the magazine, and that they had to start being nicer to advertisers."
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It's a symptom of a larger press problem
by phoehne on Fri 4th May 2007 15:12 UTC
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In the US especially, the press has become a lot less critical of everyone. Advertisers, politicians, companies and governments have all succeeded in getting editors to bend a little here and there. It's been okay for publications to take editorial positions, as evidenced in their editorial content. However, what's been happening in the last dozen years or so is a failure of publishers to stay critical and apart from the subject on which they report. The net result in the political press is a simple regurgitation of whoever said what without critically questioning the matter. In the technical press it's translated into "never a bad review." No product is ever really panned and when all else fails, print the back of the box touting the various "enterprise features" contained in the product. (Who cares if they're buggy or don't really work.)

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