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Gross Journalistic Misconduct at ZDNet (Microsoft-Sponsored CBS Tabloid)

Summary: ZDNet isn't showing the ability or the will to improve; its "LINUX" section is still littered with Microsoft marketing/propaganda and its articles that are actually about GNU/Linux are preceded/covered by Windows promotion

EARLIER this month we took note of ZDNet embedding Microsoft promotion (as videos!) in articles about competitors of Microsoft. How does ZDNet excuse or frame such behaviour as ethical? It's not. It is also an insult to reporters, who basically cover X only for the publisher to place anti-X at the very top of their articles (something positive about X).



Today, having just checked, we're still seeing the same thing. A couple of examples:

ZDNet Vista 10



The subliminal message or issue is rather clear: you should really just use Vista 10. It's all about the "new Microsoft" that tells us it "loves Linux" so that it can attack GNU/Linux.

"Keep it up, ZDNet. You show your true face."This is, quite frankly, all one needs to know about ZDNet and who runs the agenda there. We might also note that about half the story in the "LINUX" section are currently just Microsoft promotion/spam. Some have nothing whatsoever to do with GNU/Linux (even remotely). Hey, it's not like ZDNet is trying to pretend to be a professional news site, right? It's all about advertisers, to whom readers ("audiences") are a product to be sold.

Keep it up, ZDNet. You show your true face. You expose your real owners.

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