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Exclusive: CBS forced CNET staff to recast vote after Hopper won ‘Best in Show’ at CES

This is fucked up. Great scoop by Joshua Topolsky. 

Apparently, executives at CBS learned that the Hopper would win “Best of Show” prior to the announcement. Before the winner was unveiled, CBS Interactive News senior-vice president and General Manager Mark Larkin informed CNET’s staff that the Hopper could not take the top award. The Hopper would have to be removed from consideration, and the editorial team had to re-vote and pick a new winner from the remaining choices. Sources say that Larkin was distraught while delivering the news — at one point in tears — as he told the team that he had fought CBS executives who had made the decision.

[via thisistheverge]

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  1. thisgamerslife reblogged this from nerdology and added:
    Except that if you read more the reason for this is just business. CBS is in litigation with DISH so why should they...
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  4. whatigrok reblogged this from nerdology and added:
    Wow, if true that’s pretty crazy.Though isn’t the Hopper commercially available? Why would it be at CES?
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  7. moderntechaddict reblogged this from thisistheverge and added:
    Corporate Bias at its finest.
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  16. icomefromlaos reblogged this from thisistheverge and added:
    Holy crap. This makes want to sign up for Dish Network.
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  18. anicastes reblogged this from thisistheverge and added:
    Nothing says good news like your corporate mothership raining down upon you and ordering that you essentially be...
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  22. nofilterjim reblogged this from thisistheverge and added:
    Can we really believe anything that CNET reports these days? I don’t see how this affects current litigation.
  23. theworksofegan reblogged this from thisistheverge and added:
    Great scoop, Verge! This is sickening.