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03.16.09

Quote of the Day: Ziff-Davis and Microsoft

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Microsoft, Quote at 6:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This from the news may explain why Ziff-Davis is sometimes called “Ziff|Gates”.

During the 1990s, I was the director of corporate communications at Ziff-Davis. And our relationship with Microsoft was also — ah — “complex.” On the “church” side of Ziff-Davis, our 400 editors and reporters wrote comparative, lab-based, product reviews that treated Microsoft “without fear or favor,” like any other vendor. On the “state” side of Ziff-Davis, Microsoft bought a ton of advertising in our magazines, on our websites and for our cable TV channel. Plus, Bill Gates was a frequent keynote speaker at our conferences, and Microsoft paid a chunk of money for big booths at our trade shows.

Internally, Microsoft has explained what it's doing to influence such publications.

Older articles about Ziff-Davis:

The Seven Kinds of Ziff-Davis or CNET anti-Linux FUD Pundits

By co-incidence, Ziff-Davis (aka ZD-NET) is the company behind something like 50% of what the media has to say about computers, through various tentacles. CNET was the Pepsi to ZD-NET’s Coke (or Coke to Pepsi?), but now they merged. But of course this list applies to the bloggage of corporate A-listers, no matter who they work for.

Other Underreported Stories: Analyst Integrity?.

Others saying they have heard from someone who heard from someone that once they started paying their exposure improved. Others saying it’s just like the rumors that magazine advertisers get better reviews, an accusation that has been levied to Ziff-Davis publications, as well as photography and stereo equipment magazines for years.

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