CNET ethics investigation: Apple slammed because they don’t buy ads on CNET?

Just noticed the a comment on the Molly’s insulting editorial:

TalkBack TalkBack 9 of 26: Not entirely true.
Post by: Albertv on 04/29/05
Users don’t pay the big bucks to advertise. It’s kind of like Congress. We vote them in but it’s the lobbyist with the big bucks that sways votes. Same here. Apple does not advertize in CNET publications, Dell however does. Dell can’t do no wrong, Apple can do nothing right. It’s sad but true, “follow the money”.

This can’t be true can it? Does anyone out there have evidence regarding CNET’s relationship with DELL and Apple, and if it mightin some wayhave any impact on their editorial?

I’ve already gotten a number of tips about CNET ethics two early ones that bloggers should start looking into:

1. CNET does not crediting bloggers for stories. Does anyone have evidence of this? If so please tell your story in the comments below.

2. CNET back dates stories so it looks like they got scoops. Does anyone have evidence of this? If so please tell your story in the comments below.

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