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11-11-2009 @ 6:15PM
You're applying 'real' world journalistic standards to WoW reporting there Hammer. Don't get me wrong, I am not in any way saying that Wow.com staff aren't professionals, but I don't think the situation is as analagous as you're making it out to be. Blizzard is not a political body and does not have to answer in the same way. This changes the relation between it and the journalists who report on it.If an investigative reporter on a newspaper discovers some money promised to a hospital doesn't appear to have been delivered, he can phone up Town Hall and ask them what's going on, and expect those calls to be answered. If he doesn't get a reply, the newspaper can then run the story with a 'there was no comment from Town Hall as we went to press' sort of thing, and people can draw their own conclusions. As Adam explains above, Wow.com could've done something similar, but it wouldn't necessarily mean the same thing. Adding a similar 'Blizz refused to comment' line would've changed the tone of the whole story and made it seem much more sinister/corrupt/whatever without that necessarily being true. Like I say, Wow.com are professional, but they're not the New York Times, and BLizz aren't the White House.
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