Andrew Orlowski, Sloppy Journalist or Bold Faced Liar?
Over at Ed Bott’s house and Robert Scoble’s pad there’s been much a hub-to-do about an article recently put out by The Register’s Andrew Orlowski. Ed says the guys a hack and Scoble is denying things that this guy is crediting Scoble as having said. The original article in question had to do with alleged problems with the Google and Yahoo! toolbars on IE7.
Andrew Orlowski and The Register getting things wrong is nothing new. I remember how pissed I was back on the eve of CES 2004 when the very same Andrew Orlowski came out with a hit piece at the Register on how Microsoft was shelving their Media Center PC.
In what Orlowski deemed a Register “exclusive” on the eve of CES 2004 he reported that, “more in-fighting at Redmond is blamed for the rethink. But just as Mira has lost out to the Tablet PC initiative, which despite insignificant sales remains a “strategic” priority, Windows XP Media Center will be folded into Microsoft’s ever-changing Set Top Box strategy.”
Of course not only was Orlowski wrong, but mere days later Bill Gates himself personally got up on stage and gave the Media Center PC perhaps it’s biggest marketing push it had seen yet. Since then Gates personally has used many occasions at both public events like CES and talks to the press to personally promote Media Center. Gates is constantly talking the Media Center PC up and the company “shelving” the product could not have been further from the truth.
Of course it was easy for Orlowski to hide behind his, “although Register sources decline to be named,” statement while basically coming up with this story about Microsoft killing the Media Center PC possibly out of thin air.
So maybe Orlowski was played or maybe he makes things up or maybe he is actually a nefarious tool being used to spread lies and propaganda, or who knows, maybe he just likes to load up a big bong full of bud before sitting down at the keyboard, but whatever the case, I sure don’t read the Register anymore and I’d be highly suspect of anything this Orlowski character ever writes.
By suggesting that Microsoft was ditching Media Center (when in fact they were doing the EXACT opposite) Orlowski seemed to be trying to position the story as a wedge to drive between Microsoft and their OEM partners. More from the article, “while Microsoft can comfortably afford to juggle its roadmap, OEMs have to face the consequences, and patience appears to be wearing thin.” “That’s probably a sentiment HP, Gateway and a few others will be echoing today.”