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CBS has banned CNET (which it owns) from reviewing any Dish Network products, citing a disagreement over Dish's commercial skipping technology. Good business decision (i.e. don't praise the enemy) or a bad one (i.e. hurts journalistic integrity)?

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itanimulli
01/16/13 6:17 pm

I didn't even know CBS owned CNET?!?

LaraAshton
01/15/13 6:01 pm

Well now I know I won't go to cnet for reviews because they're bias. I have dish and love it.

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blockfisher Clinton, CT
01/14/13 11:18 am

I used to love cnet. Lately it is just garbage.

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cato Santa Barbara, California
01/14/13 11:08 am

For what it is with, CNET has always been kind of a joke. Their reviews are worthless. I find more vale in Amazon feedback ratings.

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newman987
01/13/13 11:47 am

Wow, 14 million out of more than 300 million in our country! Solid ratio.

rangeman Lafayette IN.
01/13/13 9:20 am

News ended when they pulled Walter Cronkite.

c6430hp
01/13/13 3:25 am

It's censorship at the source. It makes no sense.

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KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
01/13/13 1:08 am

I get why they did it, but it seems far too controlling.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
01/13/13 1:05 am

It doesn't stop anyone from skipping commercials though. With many other companies, you can fast forward. And you can always switch channels until the program returns. Bad business in my opinion.

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smacc DunningKruger
01/12/13 11:52 pm

Isn't this an example of corporations controlling media? I understand they own it and it is their right run it as they wish but, why should I now trust it now?

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chile safer than congress
01/12/13 11:38 pm

I do exactly what CBS or my Rice Crispies tell me to do.

susanr Colorado
01/12/13 10:38 pm

I tolerate them for that reason, Tops, but honestly I really don't watch them, with rare exceptions. Most of the stuff that's advertised I have no interest in buying. I also don't use an ad blocker on my browsers because I appreciate free web sites, but I almost never click on an ad.

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iTeach Mos Eisley
01/12/13 9:39 pm

That's a sad statement about America.

iTeach Mos Eisley
01/12/13 9:34 pm

If by no one you mean over 14 million of us, you're right.

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susanr Colorado
01/12/13 7:50 pm

Now there's a different perspective... I think I like it (even though it's not how I voted). I'd buy it if they had a published policy about it - in general, about the sort of things they don't review - if that could be done; not sure it actually makes sense.

suppressedID Shut up man
01/12/13 7:31 pm

Corporate directive. Not journalistic order. I can guarantee the news team hates it. But it's their paycheck...

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clevername
01/12/13 4:55 pm

Banning them from making reviews is the right move. It would breach journalistic integrity if they gave false bad reviews.

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sheriboo
01/12/13 4:11 pm

Since when does CBS give a crap about journalistic integrity?

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ufgator48
01/12/13 3:20 pm

And they wonder why they can't be trusted.....

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JD32 Oklahoma
01/12/13 3:13 pm

Its simple people. They are a business trying to make a profit. They make most of their money by airing commercial time in which they enter a legal agreement with another company. The option to skip commercials violates a contract. They are protecting their business from losing investors and $

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susanr Colorado
01/12/13 3:01 pm

It's a DUMB decision. Sure, they have the right to do it, since they own the website. But the more widely this is known the less they'll be respected. There is SOME journalistic integrity left, regardless of what some people are saying here, but they reduce it further by making decisions like this.

xplayman New York City
01/12/13 2:06 pm

It's not bad business because of journalistic integrity, it's bad business it drives MORE attention to Dish.

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bleumana pdx
01/12/13 2:00 pm

It's already beyond that point.

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kut17
01/12/13 1:47 pm

What is "journalistic integrity?"

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Dinglberry
01/12/13 1:29 pm

"the truth has no agenda" we need a news organization that uses this as they're moto...oh wait :)

gonzoboy Arizona
01/12/13 1:15 pm

@Who...Me?, I don't think @TopsQueen said she cares about commercials, or that she wants to watch 'em. She's jus' statin' the truth, why they exist. I'm with ya, though, on skipping through em'! I like your website idea. Even the commercials they "allow" you to skip, you have to watch part of. ????

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Diogenes Its Blursday Again
01/12/13 1:12 pm

Need more info. PKD actually wrote more than one book.

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kirilyn College Town
01/12/13 1:09 pm

just need to see what my User name is

cyoung
01/12/13 1:06 pm

What is this journalistic integrity you speak of?

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gonzoboy Arizona
01/12/13 12:41 pm

CNET at its heart is editorializer/reviewer of, among other related things, digital hardware. Yet, they are banned from reviewing a name brand product? Seems it'd be a little difficult to maintain credibility, or be viewed as objective. CBS has this right. They also have the right to lack courage.

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Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/12/13 12:25 pm

Who cares! I don't want to watch them. I don't have Dish, but I do record the shoe and skip the commercials. If they really want people to watch commercials, just make shows available on the network website 1 day prior to air. You are forced to watch commercials there.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
01/12/13 12:19 pm

Journalistic integrity went away at least 20 years ago. Yellow journalism is the standard today.

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newman987
01/12/13 12:13 pm

No one has Dish network anyways.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
01/12/13 12:13 pm

Commercials keeps the cost of watching TV down they're the ones that pay for the programs

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
01/12/13 12:12 pm

Just more proof that CBS has given up on even the illusion of integrity. It's like these knuckleheads have never heard of this thing called the Interwebs. Do something that obviously shady and people will find out.

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geoag02 Dallas, TX
01/12/13 12:10 pm

I am in no way defending NBC here. Just stating it is an example of the mindset they have that it isn't wrong if they just leave out a few of the details... or seconds of the recording.

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geoag02 Dallas, TX
01/12/13 12:08 pm

From what I have seen most TV news simply omits facts that don't support their narrative. In a way you could even say that is what NBC did with the Zimmerman 911 tape: they skipped parts that they did not want their audience to hear. Internet blogs are often flat out wrong. There is no comparison.

Helpless Anywhere I want to be.
01/12/13 12:01 pm

Now I can just skip CBS.

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mem705
01/12/13 12:00 pm

Bad business would be airing negative product reviews to deter viewers from purchasing the technology.

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mem705
01/12/13 11:57 am

Seriously all the bad biz votes? Until everyone learns that networks are businesses not a public service people will continue to be duped by believing there is a shred of impartiality. Everything has a slant. A business owner has rights to not promote or review anything that hurts their business.

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jonny323
01/12/13 11:45 am

Journalistic integrity of product reviews? It says they aren't reviewing then, not releasing false reviews to make them look terrible.

acavemand The Burgh
01/12/13 11:36 am

If you're asking me then I'm not sure. Praising Foxnews is a dangerous process and should only be done by professional bull-sh!tters such as the fine men and women at Foxnews. I think part of my soul was burned in the process.

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timeout Boston Strong
01/12/13 11:26 am

It's the Internet, they can have them say anything they want. They own it...

tdaddy diversity
01/12/13 11:24 am

Doesn't matter to me, I still use cable.

cato Santa Barbara, California
01/12/13 11:17 am

CBS has no credibility to tarnish

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Bekka Just relaxing...
01/12/13 11:01 am

How did you say that with a straight face?

suppressedID Shut up man
01/12/13 10:58 am

And no such thing as making people happy when you deliver news they don't want to hear.

KILL THE MESSENGER.

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