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Credibility in Journalism

Jim Grisanzio recently blogged comparing two articles at ZDnet. The articles in question were

I’ve just read both of these and I have serious concerns about one of them.

Let’s have a look at the leading paragraphs of Dana’s.

Today David Berlind has a great piece about Sun executives complaining that they “give and they give” but the open source community keeps demanding more.

What exactly does the open source community want, Sun asks.

David actually said no such thing. Let’s have a look at the first couple of sentences of what he actually did say.

Somewhere within Sun, the executives are saying “Whattayagotta do to get some respect around here? We give and give and give and they still want more.” The “they” of course is the open source community.

Nowhere in David’s article did he quote anyone at Sun as making these statements. This is an opinion piece and the “quotes” are pure speculation.

I would have thought this blatantly obvious. I guess Dana didn’t. Dana, in my eyes at least, you’ve not done your credibility a lot of good.

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I’ve also placed some comments in the talkback of Dana’s article. It looks like I successfully logged a trackback, but ZDnet is yet to display it.


Written by Alan

February 1, 2005 at 8:32 pm

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  1. Credibility in journalism is less important than stoking the flames a little (journalists always deny this, but it is true). IMO, I think the negative comments from some OSS advocates are reactionary and will be short lived. They keep wanting to believe Sun is evil, but they don’t realize or want to realize that market checks and balances make that impossible (why give Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, etc. the ammunition?).


    February 1, 2005 at 9:02 pm

  2. I find it interesting that on one side of the fence the word used is “demanding”, yet on the other side of the fence the word used is “whining”.

    John Clingan

    February 1, 2005 at 11:05 pm

  3. The first (anonymous) comment couldn’t have said it better. The community blindly,desperately wants to “see sun revealed as the evil one”. That’s just not going to happen. Why?Because there ISN’T any evil,ulterior motive behind sun’s moves. The community (read slashdotters) loves dancing to the tunes of IBM & HP. Just throw the Linux word and they’ll fall head-over-heels. It’s so distressingly easy to manipulate them. Which is exaclty what IBM did with their 500 patents, as jonathan pointed out. And what do they do when they’re gifted a better operating system? Call the benefactor “evil” and “a bed-fellow of MS”. The bias became even more obvious when a story-submission regarding the relevance of IBM’s patents was simply rejected outright at slashdot.No surprises there.

    Bharath Ravikumar

    February 1, 2005 at 11:23 pm

  4. “The bias became even more obvious when a story-submission regarding the relevance of IBM’s patents was simply rejected outright at slashdot.”
    Slashdot also has not yet posted a story about Sun defending their patent grant, yet there have been several stories criticizing the patent grant.


    February 2, 2005 at 11:04 am

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