from the ouch dept
The saga of CBS’s braindead decision to interfere with CNET editorial and order reporters to take Dish’s Hopper DVR out of the running for “best in show” (after they’d already given it the award) continues to have fallout. Beyond having one of its top reporters resign in protest, while having morale falling and, of course, handing Dish a perfect marketing opportunity, now it has pissed off the Consumer Electronics Association as well.
You see, CNET’s “Best in Show” award wasn’t just for CNET itself, but for the official CES show. Part of CNET’s deal with CEA was that its picks for “Best of CES” were the official awards for CES. Until now. CEA boss Gary Shapiro first slammed CBS in an editorial, and then CEA followed that up by officially ending CNET’s position as the official picker of the “Best in Show” for CES. In trying to save face, someone from CBS told The Verge (in the link above) that it “had already determined it would not attempt to partner with CES for the awards again.” Yeah, sure.
Oh yeah. CES also has now officially named the Dish Hopper with Sling as “Best of Show” saying it’s now the “co-winner” with the Razer Edge gaming tablet that CNET chose after CBS suits stepped in and decimated their editorial independence.