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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RE: too bad..
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2007 14:54 UTC in reply to "too bad.."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Reviews on products to be censored?

Luckily, on OSNews, we are not reliant on ads in any way (our ad income goes directly to our server guy, the rest of the staff gets nothing of it). Other than that, we have an ad broker, so no companies are paying directly for our ad space.

I guess it's mostly a question of integrity. I will never alter or change a review because the parent company of the product demands it; nor will Eugenia. The only thing I will change are factual mistakes, i.e. when I say product X can't do Y, while in fact, it can.

It also depends on the company. Just about any company we have dealt with on OSNews is actually happy with critique, since it tells them what they need to improve. Some companies, however, (let's not get into name calling) aren't as good at sportsmanship. Sad, but we'll live.

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RE[2]: too bad..
by fretinator on Fri 4th May 2007 15:06 in reply to "RE: too bad.."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I guess it's mostly a question of integrity. I will never alter or change a review because the parent company of the product demands it; nor will Eugenia. The only thing I will change are factual mistakes, i.e. when I say product X can't do Y, while in fact, it can.


That's why if I want a _REAL_ review, I come to places like OSNews. Or TOM's Hardware, etc. I'm not dissing the PCWorld, PCMagazine, etc. They serve a different purpose. Sometimes I don't want to think, I just want to stare at pretty pictures of Video Cards and Laptops (I know, it sounds bad!). That's when I read one of the Mags. Different purpose.

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RE[3]: too bad..
by Luminair on Fri 4th May 2007 17:29 in reply to "RE[2]: too bad.."
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I thought you were sarcastic for a moment there. Tom's Hardware is not to be included on your list of independent reporters with integrity. They figuratively sold out years ago, and have recently sold out literally ;)

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Tom's Hardware?
by mrfoo on Fri 4th May 2007 22:15 in reply to "RE[2]: too bad.."
mrfoo Member since:
2007-05-04

I have heard from friends who worked at hardware distributors in Silicon Valley that good reviews at Tom's Hardware are paid for.

I don't know if it is true, but I stopped paying attention to them after hearing this a few more times since then.

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RE[2]: too bad..
by hollovoid on Fri 4th May 2007 15:33 in reply to "RE: too bad.."
hollovoid Member since:
2005-09-21

Reviews on products to be censored?

Luckily, on OSNews, we are not reliant on ads in any way (our ad income goes directly to our server guy, the rest of the staff gets nothing of it). Other than that, we have an ad broker, so no companies are paying directly for our ad space.

And im sure like many others on here, thats why I come back many times a day, its interesting to see real opinions and views, instead of altered for politeness garbage found elsewhere. Press was given many freedoms, and its sad some of they're own aren't to keen at utilizing this because its "bad for buisness".

Cheers to those that stand strong.

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RE[3]: too bad..
by shykid on Fri 4th May 2007 17:25 in reply to "RE[2]: too bad.."
shykid Member since:
2007-02-22

And im sure like many others on here, thats why I come back many times a day, its interesting to see real opinions and views, instead of altered for politeness garbage found elsewhere. Press was given many freedoms, and its sad some of they're own aren't to keen at utilizing this because its "bad for buisness".

Agreed. I love OSNews because I believe it's one of the most unbiased and comprehensive tech news/reviews sources on the Internet. I've been visiting this site for years, but I only started participating in the comments recently (my username says a lot ;) ).

The only site that comes close to competing with OSNews in terms of variety of tech news is Slashdot. But /. has too much of an anti-Microsoft, pro-open-source bias for my liking--that and I don't really care too much for the non-tech-related news--though I still lurk around there regardless for the occasional story that OSNews skips.

I think what Harry McCracken was very, very honorable, though part of me says that if he really cared about unbiased reviews, he would have left PC World ages ago. Maybe this was a last straw of sorts or something.

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