CNET's Greg Sandoval Resigns Over CBS' Ban Of DISH DVR Reviews
A CNET writer has made a stand against censorship at the expense of his job. Greg Sandoval, who has been writing for the technology review site for a long time, has decided to give up writing for the site in protest of CBSí refusal to allow CNET to review the new DISH Hopper DVR.
The issue stems from CBS lawsuit against DISH, which alleges that the Hopper DVR violates copyright laws due to its ability to allow the viewer to skip commercials. CBS is CNETís parent company, which lead them to deny the website the right to review the product or to make it eligible for any of their technology awards, according to CNN. CNET had put the new Hopper up for the Best of CES award, but that wonít be happening now. And not surprisingly, some people arenít happy.
Sandoval announced his decision to leave CNET on Twitter stating, ďI no longer believe CBS is committed to editorial independence.Ē There doesnít seem to be much of an argument with that statement. Since CBS isnít happy with DISHís technology, the company wonít allow reviews of the product on the site at all, which is only slightly better than forcing reviewers to give it a negative review. There arenít a lot of people out there willing to make this kind of stand, and Sandovalís decision to drop his CNET gig makes CBS look even worse for banning the review Ė if thatís at all possible.
CNETís announcement stated that the company will not be posting reviews of any product from companyís they are involved in litigation with. That leaves readers of the siteís reviews with some serious questions as to how objective their reviews might actually be. Certainly Sandovalís departure makes it clear he has those questions, as well.
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