ArsTechnicAnimus

by Mike Wendy on October 23, 2018

A revealing editorial choice.

The picture above (from this Ars Technica story), taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, is a statement which did not just occur through an algorithm, or AI, or autopilot. No, the angry writer and his publisher purposely, willfully, consciously chose it.

Die Verizon Die.

Yes, it’s true, Verizon has been behind the eight-ball lately in getting the Florida Panhandle back on its feet with cellular service. But, they’re working 24/7 to make things whole again for residents down there, and, as this story begrudgingly admits, the company has turned the corner, surmounting the tough circumstances.

So, really, is the picture and its text needed?

Apparently.

As I see it, the writer and his publisher seem to have it in for ISPs like Verizon; it’s their schtick, their revenue model. Hurricane Michael is just one of an endless stream of fake news opportunities for the editorial crew to give ISPs like Verizon a black eye. A more even-handed publication would have had the lede: “After early stumbles, Verizon re-establishes wireless service to storm-torn area.” But, no, the real lede and underlying sentiment for this Ars Technica story is: Die Verizon Die.

Hey, I get it. It’s fine to have bias. It differentiates you from the others. If you own the press, it’s better that you make that call instead of Uncle Sam. I am totally hip to that.

But, having watched this writer and his publisher for years, let’s just call it for what it is: Animus, which reflects not journalism, but rather, a track record of advocacy pushing the anti-ISP “cause.”

That’s their brand. There isn’t much more to it.

Know that if you have to read their lobbying talking points.  And then move on.

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