David Pogue and The Whole “Conflict Of Interest” BS.

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.

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4 thoughts on “David Pogue and The Whole “Conflict Of Interest” BS.

  1. Rational analysis? Spare us…Pogue pussy foots over most mis-steps Apple makes, but flays competitors for any of their problems.

    Coming from you, a ‘rational’ observer yourself, your opinion holds very little water. I’m glad Pogue got called out; it was about time.

  2. By the way, I was annoyed with Dan Lyons as well for crawling back to the only shtick that gained him fame/notoriety. I think he’s an intelligent man, but he couldn’t resist the one thing he found that really worked. His ego would not let him, apparently.

  3. Most of the people making the accusations do not have half the journalistic integrity that Pogue has. And I was surprised that Leo Laporte jumped on the bandwagon, considering his reaction to Arrington bashing HIS credibility. Forgot so soon, Leo?

    These guys are asses. Pogue is a professional, and they are not. I think that’s pretty clear to anyone but partial observers.

  4. Excellent analysis… Thank you for this voice of reason in the heated blogosphere!


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