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Re: Mary-Jo Foley too much of a M$ fangirl to be a good reporter?

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____/ GreyCloud on Monday 08 Feb 2010 19:08 : \____

> Mark Kent wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> ____/ George Orwell on Sunday 07 Feb 2010 16:56 : \____
>>>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=5152%20&tag=content;wrapper
>>>> I've noticed for quite a while that Mary-Jo is simply too much of a
>>>> Microsoft fangirl to be a truly unbiased reporter. I can understand her
>>>> not being outright anti-Microsoft because that would get her shut out
>>>> of the company she's reporting on. But that doesn't mean she has to
>>>> defend almost everything the company does. She almost sounds like a
>>>> Microsoft PR-spokesperson disguised as a reporter, defending M$ and its
>>>> management no matter how they screw up and always trying to find a
>>>> positive spin on any news which negatively portrays the company.
>>>> I've noticed too that The Register, in the past well known for it
>>>> vitriolic attacks on Microsoft, has taken a much softer stand towards
>>>> the company. I rarely see outright scathing critcism on them anymore,
>>>> instead they usually merely report incidents in which the company is
>>>> invovled (i.e. security lapses) with mild cynicism. Has The Register
>>>> succummed to the carrot of Greenbacks?
>>> The Register signed a deal with Microsoft and it has Microsoft boosters like
>>> Kelly and Gavin on their staff. Microsoft's payments to The Register
>>> paid off.
>> I don't read the register any more.
>> This is a good example of the general type of lazy reporting which has
>> our newspapers crying out for the resignation of the football team
>> captain, Terry, to be stripped of his captaincy because he's had an
>> affair (nothing to do with football, then...), and in general, for
>> newspapers to report press releases as if they were journalistically
>> valid, which they're not.
>> A great example is the pressure which has been put on the climate change
>> works;  there is a vanishingly small number of scientists which are not
>> fully behind the general drive to reduce our pollution in order to
>> combat climate change, but the *public* have been given the impression
>> that there is a strong body of doubt, which there is not...
>> Poor journalism.
> This one seems to spell it out:
> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7017922.ece
> THE scientist at the centre of the âclimategateâ email scandal has
> revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him
> that he contemplated suicide.
> Professor Phil Jones said in an exclusive interview with The Sunday
> Times that he had thought about killing himself âseveral timesâ. He
> acknowledged similarities to Dr David Kelly, the scientist who committed
> suicide after being exposed as the source for a BBC report that alleged
> the government had âsexed upâ evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
> http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-great-global-warming-collapse/article1458206/
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/02/hacked-climate-emails-flaws-peer-review
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/01/leaked-emails-climate-jones-chinese

That's quite a "suicide" if the details are kept strictly confidential for
70 years. Some people reasonably believe that he was "suicided".

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