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ConsortiumInfo: Big Lies, Press Releases and Objective Journalism

May 10, 2006, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"It's not my goal at this blog to nominate myself as the official FUD Ombudsman for the contest between the ODF standard and Microsoft Open XML (especially since the connotations of the name 'Ombudsman' in this saga ain't what they used to be). But a press release issued late Monday falls so neatly into the pattern that I wrote about the same day that I'm not feeling a lot of choice on the matter this morning. It also points out an unfortunate by-product of 'objective journalism,' which is the ability to have outrageous statements broadly disseminated by journalists who feel bound to provide both sides of an issue, but don't have the time to research and report whether the statements are true or false..."

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