Gizmodo da una lección de periodismo a la BBC, Cnet y Washington Post

Es irónico que cuando los periódicos acusan a los blogs de no ser fiables, de no tener fuentes; un blog les busque las cosquillas y les enseñe cómo hacer periodismo para no cometer cagadas como la de que Apple recomendaba instalarse un antivirus.

Elinor Mills, who originally wrote and later corrected the Cnet article, has written to me saying that she finds unfair that we have characterized her editing as “quiet”—much in the same way herself and the BBC characterized Apple’s Tech Note. She points out that she has been the only writer who has actually published a correction note on the original article, editing out the offending parts. She also accuses us of misrepresenting her editing as a “cover-up” of her mistakes (something that we never said).

She is right that she’s the only one who has actually wrote a vague correction note. However, we believe that this correction note—and the sharp editing—tiptoed over the faulty reporting, trying to minimize the huge mistake—which took us two minutes to check—and the fact this was a complete non-story to begin with.

Like I painfully learnt myself, I know there can be mistakes made in the rush of the news hunting. But, like in print—where newspapers publish retractions, leaving a record of what was exactly wrong—, here in Gizmodo we believe that when we make a mistake, we need to highlight it as strongly as we reported on the story in the first place. We believe this was not the case for Cnet, even if her work was light years ahead of the BBC’s complete disregarding of their mistakes. —J.D.

Por cierto, Cnet sólo tiene un poco más del doble de tráfico que Gizmodo. Curioso…

CBS compra CNET por 1800 millones de dólares

Un 44,6% más del precio de la acción de ayer. Dentro del grupo CNET están las webs: CNET, ZDNet, GameSpot.com, TV.com, mp3.com, CNET news.com, UrbanBaby, CHOW, Search.com, BNET, MySimon and TechRepublic. Ahora lo que queda por ver es cuál es el propósito de CBS. Algunos dicen que se equivoca por comprar un gigante en retroceso, pero no creo que CNET esté tan mal; sólo le falta parte de la frescura que ahora mismo tiene algunas redes de blogs.