Originally Posted by dr_lha
For fucks sake, Mossberg is one of Apple's biggest fans in print
I know this is the "common wisdom" (that Mossberg is pro-Apple), but I personally have never seen evidence of it.
I think a lot of pro-Apple pundits take him as one of their own, because he doesn't actively pan Apple products and reviews them all fairly, but he has always done the same thing for Windows as well. His review of Vista was probably the least damning of all the Vista reviews I have read. He correctly pointed out it's many flaws, but found good things to say about it as well. If you read all
his stuff you'll find he rarely says anything really bad about anything, so it's not surprising at all that he likes Windows 7. He is typically all about the positive, and always allows when he doesn't like something, that "other views may differ."
A more correct interpretation of Mossberg is that he strives to be an "even-handed" reviewer who goes out of his way to be fair
(at least as he sees it). That gets a lot closer to his actual psychology than saying he is "pro-Apple."
Both Mossberg and David Pogue are called "pro-Apple" to the point that their reviews are often ignored as biased, but giving mostly good reviews to Apple products is not evidence of a pro-apple bias if those products are actually good. A "fair" reviewer would report favourably on Apple more than half the time if Apples products are actually better
more than half the time. Both Mossberg and Pogue are also among the tiny minority
of reviewers that has given Apple reasonably well-informed, critical
reviews of their products and both have praised Windows products equally, yet they are "pro-Apple"? I don't get it.
I know most won't agree with me on this but IMO it's just not fair to refer to these guys as biased
when they are among the few that are going out of their way not