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New Examples of Questionable Press Coverage

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Summary: Assorted brow-raising items in the news

There has been something fishy about LinuxInsider ever since ECT took over (mentioned here). This is actually pointed out by other independent observers as well because the whole news network gives the impression that GNU/Linux is problematic, either because it serves the advertisers better or because the editor was not even a GNU/Linux user until some time ago (true story). Last week it was claimed that an article sought to give the impression that Mono opposition is irrational and hateful and this week we find an article starts with phrases like "Conspiracy Theories" in the headline (we wrote about this dismissive term before).

It basically seeks to dismiss Groklaw's fundamental claims that Microsoft worked behind the scenes to derail GNU/Linux. Groklaw may have not offered the piles of evidence that we have, but it does put forth a claim which is obvious to those who have been following the saga closely enough.

Groklaw's reaction: "Mystery solved. Totally blatant... next time you hear Microsoft bragging that people *prefer* their software to Linux on netbooks, you'll know better. If they really believed that, they'd let the market speak, on a level playing field."


To discredit Groklaw, the author uses comments from people with names like "hairyfeet" and "drinkypoo". And since Microsoft has PR folks patrolling Slashdot, to just pick arbitrary quotes like this would be as careless as discrediting valid convictions based on gut feeling or guesswork. To support this whole storyline, the author is again quoting "M$" from the other side, thus discrediting this whole side of the debate. Maybe it is not intentional, but either way, the outcome seems biased.

Elsewhere on the Web, in a news site that we mentioned earlier for its propagation of Microsoft studies, routine guest posts from the Microsoft-funded Rob Enderle (LinuxInsider/ECT allows him to publish too), and other patterns of obvious bias suddenly comes this Google-hostile article, which gently tries to put the "evil" label on Google. Watch who is cited:

Consumer Watchdog managed to get hold of the slides that Google is touting around earlier this month, and it's clear that Google wants us all to think that it's just a minnow compared to giants like Microsoft and IBM. Interestingly, it doesn't include Intel in the figures - Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO is on Google's board.


We wrote about Consumer Watchdog last month [1, 2]. It hardly gets more suspicious than this and the Microsoft advertisements do not contribute to confidence in the publication's motives, either.

Yesterday we wrote about ACT's report, which was the latest Microsoft-commissioned attack on Free software. IDG gave this some obedient coverage, but Glyn Moody at the UK section of IDG tried adding balance by reminding people what ACT really is.

There you have it: that well-known friend of teensy-weensy companies everywhere, Microsoft, is a “sponsor” of ACT. That would probably explain the fact that ACT's position, notably in Europe, has been resolutely pro-Microsoft, and anti everything that is anti-Microsoft.


ACT was created to serve as a Microsoft front amid antitrust trouble, just after ATL had been exposed for participating in "letter from dead people" and engaging in corrupt tactics. Jonathan Zuck was behind both fronts. More information about ACT we have already accumulated in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8], so it would be wasteful to repeat it.

Last but not least, watch how one Microsoft-funded site (TechFlash) promotes another (MSNBC).

Zumobi, a Microsoft spin out, has been on a roll lately with a number of high-profile apps for media brands and retailers. It also recently unveiled the iPhone app for the Today show, also a property of NBC.


It all stays in the family.

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