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Google and Oracle ordered to provide list of paid bloggers

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Google and Oracle ordered to provide list of paid bloggers
We noted before on PA that there were some shenanigans afoot in the press during the epic Oracle v. Google trial. Specifically, Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents admitted rather late in the game that he was on the dole from Oracle, which helped make sense of the consistently anti-Android coverage that his site supplied (and continues to supply today). Apparently Judge Alsup noticed this as well, as he entered a new order this week requiring that Oracle and Google supply a list of all media outlets and bloggers they paid to generate positive coverage of the trial.

Without going into the legal issues at stake (after all, Alsup is a judge and we aren’t lawyers), we want to say that this is a refreshing step in terms of media integrity. Readers visit news sites expecting to get coverage that is reasonably fair; sure all reporters have personal biases, but there is a difference between how your personal experience causes you to look at the world and accepting payment for promoting someone in a legal battle (or any other sort of promotional coverage). People have a right to expect their reporting to be free from paid bias.

It should perhaps go without saying that individual bloggers don’t all claim to be truly independent, and we respect the right of anyone to try and make a living, but such conflicts of interest should be pointed immediately and very clearly, not hidden in posts on other topics after months of biased coverage. We look forward to seeing exactly who is on that list (regardless of whether they were in Oracle or Google’s pocket), and hope you will take notice as well.

We can already tell you one site that won’t be on the list: PhoneArena.

source: Groklaw

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posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:46 5

1. tuxpower (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

Well, judging by the tone of most of the comment sections on this site I suspect Apple paid for many of them (^_^)

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 16:42 3

4. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

You're absolutely right, shall we start making a list now?

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:04 3

2. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Darn someone always mad(tuxpower) cause they have no spine or teeth to chew on apple. For the record can we keep comments clean and stop hating on apple or any company and just sit back and enjoy a great article. And to show love I own an iphone4s for a work phone,an ipad3 for work,an sg3 for my side phone, and my favorite HTC flyer tablet as my toy and looking for to Microsoft surface pro as my new baby when it comes out so don't quote in your backslash I'm on apple side I love all good products.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:24 1

3. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

agreed +1

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 17:16 3

5. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I love all good products too, I have a new ipad it is awesome, but I still hate Apple. I love their products, but I hate their business practices.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 19:39

6. MartyK (Posts: 946; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

" We can already tell you one site that won’t be on the list: PhoneArena"

I know Alan F ( your Conrad) is on the payroll or he's doing it for free...hahaha

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 03:55

7. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Anyone else as surprised as me to find out Meuller is a paid for shill?

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