ConsortiumInfo: Big Lies, Press Releases and Objective Journalism

“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

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