CNN curiously cuts AP writer’s swipe at Microsoft WMA-based music services from syndicated article

In a post from Wednesday, Associated Press praises Apple iPod nano, takes swipe at Microsoft WMA-based also-ran music services, we quoted AP’s Matthew Fordahl:

“Like all iPods, the Nano only works with Apple’s free iTunes software for either Windows and Mac OS X computers. That locks you into the iTunes Music Store, which remains the most impressive site for buying music online. The Nano supports a variety of music formats, but not Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media. (Look elsewhere if, for some reason, you would rather pay monthly subscription fees for music that’s rendered unplayable if you miss a payment).”

Within the MacDailyNews Take, we suggested, “Let’s have a contest to see which, if any, media outlets edit those lines in their reprints.”

Well, we called it and sharp-eyed MacDailyNews reader, “mike” wins the “contest,” as he has just forwarded us the link to CNN’s version of the syndicated AP article. CNN has seen fit to drop Fordahl’s parenthetical comment. CNN’s revised article reads:

Like all iPods, the Nano only works with Apple’s free iTunes software for either Windows and Mac OS X computers. That locks you into the iTunes Music Store, which remains the most impressive site for buying music online. The Nano supports a variety of music formats, but not Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media.

Now why would CNN drop the “(Look elsewhere if, for some reason, you would rather pay monthly subscription fees for music that’s rendered unplayable if you miss a payment)” portion of Fordahl’s original article? That bit seems to be the only thing CNN has cut. A quick Google search shows over 100 outlets have the same syndicated article and the 20 or so that we checked all kept Fordahl’s original article intact.

CNN is a Time Warner Company. Today’s Wall Street Journal is reporting that “Microsoft is in talks with Time Warner about taking a stake in the media giant’s America Online unit, as part of a broader discussion about the two companies working together.” (subscription required for full article)

It’s interesting how the media works sometimes, isn’t it?

CNN’s article here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Associated Press praises Apple iPod nano, takes swipe at Microsoft WMA-based also-ran music services – September 14, 2005

43 Comments

  1. The comment that was cut, however true, is not unbiased. It is a form of emotion, which should not be included in a factual news article. They probebly would have left it if it read: “An avantage of using an ipod and itunes is that you do not have to worry about continualy meeting your music subscription payment due every month with most of the WMA services.” or somthing to that effect.

  2. That would be too contensious for CNN. Although I believe that the M$ player can play songs you have ripped, not just ones you subscribe to. So if we wanted to be fair (though I see no reason to be), that sentence should be modified. On the other hand, it is repeatedly published that iTunes and iPod can only play DRM AAC files, without an acknowledgement that you can rip and play songs in multiple formats both with iPods and iTunes.

    Still who cares, a minority of people are buying WMA capable players. I still see people lugging around a portable CD player. Bizarre, get an iPod already, even if it is a shuffle. You’ll be much happier for it!

  3. CNN, Good friends of MS ???

    The following is an e-mail I sent CNN recently. The links sould still work.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Microsoft unveils New Hardware ?????
    (http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/09/06/microsoft.hardware.reut/index.html)
    ———
    I question the above as a technology news leader … On the day that the iPod nano and the Motorola ROKR phone that has iPod/iTunes capabilities is launched.

    Make no mistake. To focus on 2 new keyboards(?) and 6 new mice(?) is way off the mark when you consider the economic, social and industry impact of iTunes/iPod and now an iPod phone technology wise.

    Heck, Apples stock is making headlines just on the anticipation of an iTunes capable phone and new iPods. Who is paying attention …

    I regularly jump between CNN.com and MSNBC.com for news in general, technology and space/science. I would more expect the MS influence to affect reporting on “MS”NBC than to find CNN not even on the same page as these new releases by Apple and Apple/Motorola. But lo and behold on their front page (More Top Stories) is a link (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9241311/) to coverage of the iPhone and iPod nano.

    Disclaimer: I do not work for Apple, Motorola or any company with an interest in either. The organization I work for uses Microsoft equipment and software so I know about keyboards and mice! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Before I sent this e-mail, I went back to the CNN front page (1825 ET) … The Microsoft related headline is still there, Apple/Motorola nowhere to be found.

  4. “The comment that was cut, however true, is not unbiased. It is a form of emotion, which should not be included in a factual news article. They probebly would have left it if it read: ‘An avantage of using an ipod and itunes is that you do not have to worry about continualy meeting your music subscription payment due every month with most of the WMA services.'”
    ———–
    It’s not a news article, it’s a review. Says so in the headline. By their nature, reviews are a mix of the objective (“the product has X, Y, and Z features”) and the subjective (“I don’t like X but I like Y & Z, and I’m guessing you will too, reader.”). Also important for any article is compelling, clever prose. Your rewrite of the line that was cut gets the facts but not the attitude.

  5. The morning after the iPod nano and ROKR were announced, CNN had two links under the ‘Technology’ sub-heading on their front page. One was something forgettable (can’t remember ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />, but the other was an article covering Microsoft’s new keyboard and mouse offerings!! Amazing!! The headline was something like, “Microsoft rolls out new hardware” Are you kidding me?? No mention of the iPod nano until later that afternoon. I wrote in to express my dissatisfaction, as I imagine others may have, too.

    MS has some kind of pull over at CNN. Just look at how their video content is still wrapped in Windows Media format. What junk!!

  6. Having worked as a graphic designer for newspapers over the years, it’s shocking to see the political slant when the editors get a hold of a writers copy.

    It’s like they are purposely changing information to further their agenda.

    In the military they taught us all about “misinformation” and “disinformation” campaigns waged by propaganda ministers.

    In the US we have the same, from both political camps.

    Anything that makes their own look bad is quickly squashed or if that can’t be done it’s downplayed so much it doesn’t get the attention.

    But oh, wait until the “other side” does something and it’s a national tragedy.

    There is a old rule that is still true today.

    Believe nothing you hear and only half you see

    Do not explain, your friends don’t need to hear it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway

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