CBS Forbids CNET from Reviewing Aereo ➝

CNET’s disclosure in their news article regarding Aereo’s new Roku app:

CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service. As a result of that conflict of interest, CNET cannot review that service going forward.

This is a serious problem. How can anyone trust CNET’s reviews going forward when they allow CBS to dictate what they can and can’t review. And, how long until CBS starts to influence the positivity of reviews? If a reviewer, even on a subconscious level, isn’t as harsh on a particular product or service because they know CBS would be happier if they did, then readers will start to disappear. Readers want honest reviews from writers not watered down editorials that toe the company line.