>The net effect of that big brainwashing effort is that some of the more >credulous and less informed people now distrust a very smart analyst like >Rob Enderle, very smart journalists like Maureen O'Gara and Dan Lyons, or a >very smart author like Ed Bott, only because they comment on certain issues >with greater sanity than Groklaw.
We *should* distrust people like Dan Lyons. (Maureen O'Gara also tends to write pro-MS stories). The guy wrote an entire article with information given to him by SCO without verifying that any of that information was true. He did the right thing by apologizing about it but the damage was done. If he had done his job it might have tempered some of the crazy FUD that was thrown around in the early days instead of fueling the concern that all of F/OSS and Linux was going to get hammered by SCO.