Have you ever wondered how much pressure magazine editors get from their advertisers, especially when it comes to articles that are critical about the advertiser's product? This article about former PC World Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken sums things up all too well, unfortunately. Colin Crawford, McCracken's boss, apparently didn't like how an upcoming article was shaping up and McCracken felt resignation was his best option.
That's a shame, but what bothers me most is that IDG has been totally silent on the whole incident. After visiting both PC World's website and IDG's, I see nothing about the situation. Yeah, I know it's a tough thing for a company to officially talk about, especially from a legal perspective, but this story is popping up everywhere right now. Is it really best to sit back and say nothing? How about Crawford's blog? He's got a great opportunity to write a post and help clear things up.
The silence is deafening and forces you to assume that all the content in PC World is scrubbed clean by the advertisers; that's probably not the case, but what other conclusion can you draw from this?