Over on TechCrunch, Mike Arrington wrote something that I endorse wholeheartedly. He says that Cnet staffers should be leaving in droves over the fiasco surrounding the Hopper and now another product that they’ve been instructed that they can’t review.
We can soapbox all we want about this, and those of us who do have editorial independence might somehow look down our noses at those who don’t. But the harsh reality is the people who aren’t walking out are real people, with real responsibilities that depend on having a real paycheck in order to meet them.
Would I leave TNW if I were ever instructed to do something that I felt was morally wrong? I’d like to think that I would. But I also have mouths to feed and a roof to keep over our heads. The moral high ground is a great place to stand when life is sunny.
So I’ll urge you this – Don’t admonish the people who are still there. You don’t know their situation. You don’t know whether or not they’re laying awake at night, struggling with finances and the decisions to be made. Unless we’re in their proverbial shoes, we can’t understand their position.
Reality. Sometimes it gets in the way of doing what you want to do, when you want to do it.