said by FFH5:
CBS is suing Dish over the Hopper product. It makes sense that a CBS subsidiary not play up the product involved in the lawsuit. Whether Cnet likes it or not they are owned by CBS and have to follow corporate policy. Cnet touting the Hopper would prejudice CBS's case in court against Dish.
No, it wouldn't prejudice anything. The technical merits of a product don't impact its legality. If, say, I built a piece of hardware that I could attach to any ATM and then withdraw all the cash from said ATM while also disabling the security camera would be a technical marvel, but it'd be illegal as hell.
Plus, if it was sound editorial practice for a news organization not to report on any company involved in a lawsuit with their management, then any organization would have an easy way to avoid being reported on in a negative light. Don't want the New York Times to report that your company just dumped a load of toxic waste into the ocean? Then sue them for libel related to something they published in the past. Doesn't matter if there's any merit, since all you're after is shutting them up until the latest story dies down.
Let's just call this what it is. CBS didn't want the Hopper to win that award, especially not from one of their subsidiaries, so they ordered that subsidiary to vote again. Did they have the right to do that? Sure, but it was a scuzzy, underhanded move, and it's going to hurt them more in the end. I've read CNET stories since the mid-'90s, and, although I've sometimes disagreed with them, I've never thought they were intentionally biased...until now, and I really can't see myself visiting them very often anymore as long as they're owned by CBS. I doubt I'm the only person who feels this way.