Personally, I’ve been reading Pogue’s writing since 1993 and have never noticed any sort of bias, and you can bet that he would have been called out years ago if there was any hint that he was posturing in order to increase book sales at the expense of objectivity.
Good article, with rational points made by Pogue (in an interview) throughout.
In my opinion, what it boils down to is not whether there’s a reason one may want to lie (i.e., be “unbiased”), but whether one actually does so. Like the author of the piece, I’ve been reading Pogue for ages and have not seen any kind of inconsistency that would indicate this.
Meanwhile, why are so few questioning the reasons of those slinging the mud at Pogue in the first place? You’ve got:
- Michael Arrington, who appears to be in bed with Google.
- Jason Calacanis, whose five-point screed against Apple was shot down from every corner of the Internet.
- Dan Lyons, whose non-Fake Steve Job writings are ignored, so he brought them back to appear relevant.
Apple bashers, all. Seriously, these guys have far more motive behind their rants than Pogue does to act any differently than he ever did.
The fact is, Apple makes headlines and gets page hits. Being critical of Apple does it to an even higher degree. Add to that smearing a popular writer and you’ve struck page-hit gold. I know which people are acting inappropriately here.