Summary: How would we feel had violent computer games and physical violence been blamed on “evil gaming console”?
TO MICROSOFT — or to any excessively paranoid company for that matter — it is hugely important to control how its products are covered and perceived, so it employs agencies like Waggener Edstrom [1, 2, 3, 4] which act as its PR department (even listed at Microsoft.com) and harass journalists who 'dare' to say Windows is not secure. Waggener Edstrom is particularly notorious for its compulsive spying on people [1, 2, 3, 4].
“It’s either intimidation or censorship by intimidation.”Given that previous example where Microsoft got exposed by a journalist whose work was crtiticised by Waggener Edstrom (Microsoft sent its spinners to refute claims that Vista was not secure), we are truly aware that Microsoft is causing trouble to those who are its critics. It’s either intimidation or censorship by intimidation.
Carla at LinuxToday frequently raises the issue that journalists are scared of attributing security issues to Microsoft and Maggie Shiels from the BBC has just published this article which stunningly enough talks about “computer” zombies and nowhere in the article are Windows or Microsoft even mentioned. Earlier today we gave an account of the very latest evidence which she conveniently ignores.
“Rory Cellan-Jones, who is friends with some people from Microsoft, has also just published this Google-hostile BBC piece.”This may or may not be related to Microsoft’s very strong relationship with the BBC. The BBC is strategic to Microsoft because it sets the trend to many other publications. Thus, Microsoft may have already pushed former employees into it, signed some technical partnerships, discriminated against non-Windows platforms, and even had Bill Gates publish columns there as though he is an unbiased reporter.
In summary, this is another major failure plaguiing the broadcaster which even George Orwell, back in the days when he worked for them, accused of spreading propaganda. The question is, whose propaganda? Rory Cellan-Jones, who is friends with some people from Microsoft, has also just published this Google-hostile BBC piece. It showed up this morning and it nicely relates to what we wrote yesterday. █