Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2009 22:57 UTC
Apple Apple doesn't have a particularly healthy relationship with the press; it has sued websites for publishing information it didn't like, and has tried to keep information under wraps that a journalist tried to uncover via the Freedom of Information Act. Now, however, it has tried to prevent The Times from publishing an article about Steve Jobs.
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WTF?
by haus on Tue 18th Aug 2009 00:49 UTC
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2009-08-18

Along with OS News, I read several other operating specific news sites. I've noticed a disturbing trend with regard to the reporting of Apple-specific news on this site. If one were to just read this site, you would think that the company only produces negativity.

Now I know Thom isn't anti Apple. I know this for a FACT because he has repeatedly said it when people have questioned his behavior. With that said, the vast majority of the information reported about Apple on this site is negative. This isn't the case on any of the other sites i visit of which there are many. The trend is typically positive on the other sites. Knowing that Thom isn't Anti Apple (again because he has repeatedly said so) It makes me wonder why this site is so out of sync?

Knowing that Thom isn't anti Apple (because he's said so) My only conclusion is that all the other tech news sites are the ones that are out of sync.



Here is a list of several weeks worth of Apple specific headlines produced by this site:


Apple Tried to Block Article About Steve Jobs - negative

Apple Accuses Psystar of Destroying Evidence, Psystar Denies - negative

Apple's Snow Leopard Rumored To Be Golden Master - neutral

Mac OS X 10.5.8 Released - neutral

Apple Censors Dictionary iPhone App- negative

Apple Tried to Silence Exploding iPod Victim with Gagging Order - negative

Apple Keyboards Vulnerable to Firmware Hack - negative

Apple: Jailbreaking Could Crash Transmission Towers - negative

Apple Joins Forces with Record Labels, Building 'Tablet' - neutral

Apple Rejects Official Google Voice iPhone App - negative

Apple Withdraws Legal Threats Against iTunes Sync Wiki - negative/neutral

Apple Tries to Downplay iPod Fire Incidents - negative

Apple Reports Best Non-Holiday Quarter Results in Apple History - positive/neutral

Lost iPhone Prototype Pushes Foxconn Worker to Commit Suicide - negative

How Apple's App Review Is Undermining The iPhone - negative

'Apple Asked Microsoft To Take Down Laptop Hunter Ads' - negative

Apple Blocks Palm Pre from Accessing iTunes - negative/neutral

Apple Proposes HTTP Streaming Feature As Protocol Standard - neutral

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RE: WTF?
by raboof on Tue 18th Aug 2009 01:06 in reply to "WTF?"
raboof Member since:
2005-07-24
RE[2]: WTF?
by haus on Tue 18th Aug 2009 01:14 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
haus Member since:
2009-08-18

Ahhh I see.

Does this also explain the same style of negative Apple publishing **before** Apple upset David by restricting an app on their app store?

Also on that note... does OS News have any history of this sort of behavior for any other technology company or do they reserver disproportionate negative attention to just Apple?

I seem to recall that Microsoft (for example) making quite a few blunders far greater caliber than this pretty regularly. Why do they get a free pass?

Edited 2009-08-18 01:20 UTC

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RE[2]: WTF?
by Adurbe on Tue 18th Aug 2009 12:11 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

can we have a 'bad apple' icon before each of these stories?

Could be helpful to keep track of them all over time

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RE: WTF?
by kaiwai on Tue 18th Aug 2009 01:10 in reply to "WTF?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Along with OS News, I read several other operating specific news sites. I've noticed a disturbing trend with regard to the reporting of Apple-specific news on this site. If one were to just read this site, you would think that the company only produces negativity.


This article well explain the websites position:

http://www.osnews.com/story/21918/The_Camel_s_Back_Broke_1984_Days_...

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RE: WTF?
by galvanash on Tue 18th Aug 2009 01:21 in reply to "WTF?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

With that said, the vast majority of the information reported about Apple on this site is negative. This isn't the case on any of the other sites i visit of which there are many. The trend is typically positive on the other sites. Knowing that Thom isn't Anti Apple (again because he has repeatedly said so) It makes me wonder why this site is so out of sync?


What "other" sites you are referring to? Apple historically has gotten very good press because frankly there wasn't much on the surface to complain about, earnings have been great and they have been very good at PR.

In the last few months I think the situation has started to shift a bit, and it certainly isn't isolated to osnews. I see many of the same stories on other sites.

Regardless, I don't think of most of the stories you linked to as "negative" or "positive". They are simply news - most of which were not even written by osnews staff, only linked to. I'm sure there may be a few truly negative opinion pieces, but frankly so what - if you go back a bit further than 3 months you will find _loads_ of the opposite. If you ask me its about time...

Knowing that Thom isn't anti Apple (because he's said so) My only conclusion is that all the other tech news sites are the ones that are out of sync.


I would have to agree with your conclusion, since almost all of the tech news sites I visit are carrying much of the same Apple stuff as osnews.

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v RE[2]: WTF?
by haus on Tue 18th Aug 2009 01:28 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
RE: WTF?
by benjaminperdomo on Tue 18th Aug 2009 02:53 in reply to "WTF?"
benjaminperdomo Member since:
2005-07-12

So? Maybe is because they have done all those things?

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RE[2]: WTF?
by haus on Tue 18th Aug 2009 07:36 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
haus Member since:
2009-08-18

"So? Maybe is because they have done all those things?"

They may have, but they're positive newsworthy items far outweigh their negative ones.


Maybe we should only focus on the fact that you cheated on your test in high school and that you stole that candy bar, you broke your mother's favorite dishes and blamed your sister and you didn't replace the toilet paper role after using the last square.

Now that it has been reported... we can and should only assume that these are the things that define you.

Knowing this, it's obvious, you sir are a terrible person.

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RE: WTF?
by righard on Tue 18th Aug 2009 11:23 in reply to "WTF?"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

That's funny, most of the articles I read about North Korea in other news sources are negative also.

Maybe you should blame Apple for there bad news, instead of blame OSNews.
Name some of the good things this company with his holy mission to serve mankind might have done lately?

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RE[2]: WTF?
by orfanum on Tue 18th Aug 2009 12:04 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Hmm,

I propose a new law, to stand alongside Godwin's - to cover the mention of, comparison with or analogies based on references to North Korea or the North Koreans.

Would "Orfanum's Law" suit? :-)

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RE: WTF?
by JeffS on Tue 18th Aug 2009 13:30 in reply to "WTF?"
JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, there is simply a lot of negative stuff to report about Apple.

If Apple didn't have iPhones that blew up, and subsequently Apple offered a refund on the condition of silence (completely appalling)...

If Apple wasn't so draconian about it's App Store ...

If Apple wasn't trying to suppress free press ...

If Apple didn't refuse to back up their product and their Apple Care (see recent ZDNet article) ...

If Apple legal dept didn't call Microsoft bitching about MS's "value" Ad campaign ...

If Apple wasn't so secretive about Steve Jobs' health (yes, a CEO needs to be transparent, because it affects the company) ...

If Apple didn't have so much DRM in their iTunes ...

... and on and on ...

... then there wouldn't be negative articles about them. But Apple has done all those bad things, and more, so there is plenty of bad stuff to report about them.

And sorry for the Apple fanboys who don't want to face all that.

I own an iPod. I forked out my $150, when I could have spent about half that on a Sandisk Sansa for equivalent functionality, because I had an open mind about Apple's design, packaging, ease of use. I also bought into their hype. But when the iPod dies, it's Sansa or Creative for me.

And oh, on the computer side, it's a Dell with Vista and Ubuntu for me. ;-)

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