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RE: Not sure what you mean.

If Hansen had criticized Stereophile for what it did or did not do in the recent past, fine. But my issue was that he dug up criticisms that were double digit years old, and, for some reason, never mentioned the failings at the time of the failings. Why not mention them when they occurred, but rather wait ten years or more. It seemed strange to me, I questioned so, and soon thereafter I think we knew the reason.

Now, to Salvatore. He criticized Wes Philips for posting a rave review of the WP5, who then neglected to print negative comments which apparently developed over time until Wes Philips reviewed the WP8, which, presumably according to Salvatore, Philips raved about as well. I think that is a fair criticism.

But then he cites Hansen's criticism of Stereophile, without mentioning that Hansen essentially did the same thing Salvatore accuses Philips of doing - which is formulating an opinion and then keeping quiet while the shortcoming exists.

I conjecture that Hansen kept quiet for all those years because, one, Stereophile very positively reviewed his products, which led to an increased revenue stream from Stereophile, and, two, because of his conflict with TAS, Stereophile was the only major print publication in which he could advertise. That is not a criticism of Hansen. Its good business. At the end he had nothing to lose.

I just find it ironic that Salvatore uses a source (Hansen) to support his argument when Hansen basically did the same thing as the target (Stereophile and Philips) of Salvatore's arrows.


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