If anyone reading this is following me on Twitter, then you would know that I got into a bit of a scuffle with David Pakman (host of “The David Pakman Show“) on Monday. It all started when I tried to point out to David that the video he did about Lenovo installing spyware is incorrect and is just more sensationalism by the sensationalist media (you can find out more about the story and why the accusations against Lenovo installing spyware/malware on their systems are false by going over to ThinkScopes.com and reading the article that my friend Jonas wrote here. You can also watch the video he did on it here). How did he respond? Take a look for yourself:
Really David? Is this the best you could do? Sounds to me like a lame-ass excuse to chicken out of taking any responsibility. You could at least inform your writer that this story was a hoax. And what’s up with that snarky-ass attitude?
And so what, David? It sounds like you’re trying to accuse me of doing something shady. It seems to me as if you’re trying to say that I (as well as my friend Jonas) can’t be trusted just because I love Lenovo, I love to share their posts and spread the word about their products, and I’m a Lenovo Insider, as well as defend them from idiots like Michael Horowitz (the author of the article on Computer World falsely accusing Lenovo of spying – who seems to have some kind of beef against Lenovo and wrote this abhorrent article just to revenge on them and make them look bad) who don’t give a fuck about ethics. Newsflash: I’ve been doing this ever since before I became an insider (since 2005 when they first acquired IBM’s PC Division. I came to Lenovo from IBM. I became an Insider in late 2011). Lenovo (and especially ThinkPad) means a lot to me. It played a huge role for me growing up (I was 15 in 2005). It’s special. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. Not only that, but I really believe in them. They make a lot of great stuff and they’re the most innovative computer maker out there right now (they’re even outdoing Apple). Overall, they’re a great company and their employees are great too (they actually get treated like people, unlike in some other places. I know this because I come into contact with them on a daily basis). Lenovo is more than just a company to me – it is a lifestyle and a best friend.
Doesn’t matter. The point is you’re still not getting the memo.
Pakman, to me, sounds a lot more like an SJW (Social Justice Warrior) more than anything else. The way that he reacted to my tweet(s), and the fact that he still hasn’t retracted his story and apologized for reporting on misinformation, I think tells it all. This makes me question his character and honesty. Does he even care about journalistic intergrity and ethics? Or he is just yet another journalist who’s pandering to the SJW/PC crowd?
My advice to you David (and anyone else who does this type of shit) is: if you’re not going to check your facts straight and you’re just going to be lazy and report on anything regardless of whether its true or not, then stop calling yourself a journalist and start calling yourself for what you truly are: a pundit (or a paparazzo, for that matter).
I don’t care who writes your content, you still have a responsibility to uphold. You have a responsibility as a journalist to get your facts straight. It is your responsibility to correct yourself and learn from your mistakes People watch you to get informed about current events and issues – they’re counting on you. There’s a reason people are turning into alternative news outlets like yours: because the old school, establishment, corporate media has let them down. By doing this type of thing, you’re really no better than them – in fact, you are stooping down to their level. (And yeah, you certainly let me down.) In fact, you sound a lot like Fox News. You failed as journalist.
I’ll keep watching you (at least for a little bit) just so I can get other perspectives besides my own, but I don’t know if I can ever trust you again (for the record, I’ve always taken everyone’s comments with a grain of salt but this time around, things are different since David seemed to be so trustworthy). You seem to be pandering to the SJW narrative/crowd. You don’t seem to care about journalism at all – you only care about political correctness (PC) and you seem to be part of this SJW/PC media conglomerate. Folks like Kyle Kulinski, Dave Rubin, and Mundane Matt are FAR more superior to you. They actually care about journalistic integrity and could care less about the SJW/PC narrative. They actually care about getting the facts straight and correct themselves when they get something wrong and actually learn from their mistakes. I don’t see you doing that, so either fuck off, or get it together and actually own up to your shit. I’ve certainly lost my respect for you quite a bit, and this ordeal I think exposes your true character.
Please don’t believe any stories out there that accuse Lenovo of spying on its customers. They’re false, WAY overblown, and I can assure you that they would never do something like this. Lenovo is not spying on us and this is just more sensationalist bullshit. Once again, we’ve all been fooled by the media’s hunger for clicks, views, and profits. This is more than just about Lenovo, its is about journalistic integrity and ethics.
P.S. Sorry this post is a couple days late. I had to take care of some other things around here.