Yesterday, Dan Lyons took some curiously serious shots at New York Times tech writer David Pogue. Though written under the Fake Steve Jobs moniker, the post is basically an editorial piece from Lyons slamming Pogue.
Commenting on Pogue’s Snow Leopard review, Lyons writes:
Pogue, on the other hand, had to change his underwear after writing his piece. Just to be clear: This is absolutely notbecause David Pogue makes most of his money by writing “missing manuals” and other Mac-related user guides.
No, David is not pushing Snow Leopard because he has two books coming out that can only be purchased by people who are running Snow Leopard. No. He’s pushing Snow Leopard because he’s an honest, scrupulous, first-rate journalist, with the highest degree of integrity and the courage to overlook a few bugs and flaws and speak the truth.
Namaste, David Pogue. I honor the place where your financial interests and my own do not become one.
Interestingly, the tag used to label the post is “Filthy Hacks”.
Those are some pretty serious accusations levied by Lyons, especially considering that seemingly all the Snow Leopard reviews we’ve come across have been overwhelmingly positive.
There’s obviously some sort unexplained bitterness directed in Pogue’s direction, but we’re not sure exactly why. Professional jealousy, perhaps? Hatred of anyone who has a good relationship with Apple, maybe? It’s well-known that Lyon’s has been less than pleased with his non-existant access to the upper echelon at Apple, a stark contrast to his predecessor Steven Levy. But does that resentment run that deep that it’s caused him to lash out at those who are actually speaking terms with the folks in Cupertino?
In any event, David Pogue responded, or at least it appears to be him, in the comment section of Lyons’ post. He writes,
“Just to be clear: This is absolutely not because David Pogue makes most of his money by writing “missing manuals” and other Mac-related user guides”
Oops! The problem with that logic is that the Missing Manual series is not “Mac-related.” In fact, far more Missing Manual titles are about Windows topics than Mac topics! (Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Office 2007, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access, Netbooks, QuickBooks, Quicken for Windows, Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Project, PCs, FrontPage, etc.)
And your implication that I’m afraid to criticize Apple for its misfires doesn’t hold water, either. Here are about 40 recent examples (include topics of Missing Manuals) where I trashed Apple products:
I know, I know, it’s more fun to trash people. Bummer when facts intrude!
Notably, this isn’t the first time has been the target of Lyons’ ire, which he attempts to conceal behind a thin veil of humor.
Anyone out there have any idea as to why Lyons is beefin’ with the original Desktop Critic?