Credibility in Journalism

Jim Grisanzio recently blogged comparing two articles at ZDnet. The articles in question were

I've just read both of these and I have serious concerns about one of them.

Let's have a look at the leading paragraphs of Dana's.

Today David Berlind has a great piece about Sun executives complaining that they "give and they give" but the open source community keeps demanding more.

What exactly does the open source community want, Sun asks.

David actually said no such thing. Let's have a look at the first couple of sentences of what he actually did say.

Somewhere within Sun, the executives are saying "Whattayagotta do to get some respect around here? We give and give and give and they still want more." The "they" of course is the open source community.

Nowhere in David's article did he quote anyone at Sun as making these statements. This is an opinion piece and the "quotes" are pure speculation.

I would have thought this blatantly obvious. I guess Dana didn't. Dana, in my eyes at least, you've not done your credibility a lot of good.

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Update

I've also placed some comments in the talkback of Dana's article. It looks like I successfully logged a trackback, but ZDnet is yet to display it.

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