CBSís CNET Fiasco
Last week, CNET picked Dish Networkís Hopper with Sling, a DVR that can skip ads even more efficiently than other DVRs and letís you watch shows remotely, as the best doohickey of the CES tech show.
CNET has typically picked TVs as its winners in the last five years, something CBS presumably didnít discourage.
But when CNET picked Dishís DVR as the best gadget, its corporate overlords at CBS told it to cease and desist. Late last week, CNET added a note on its Hopper with Sling review that said this:
Editorsí note: The Dish Hopper with Sling, the original pick for Best Home Theater and Audio product and Best of Show, was removed from consideration due to active litigation involving our parent company, CBS Corp. We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.
On Monday, Greg Sandoval quit in protest and went public with his complaints about CBS, tweeting that ďI no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independenceĒ and that ďCNET wasnít honest about what occurred regarding Dish is unacceptable to me. We are supposed to be truth tellers.Ē