CNET writer resigns after ethics flap with parent company

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Greg Sandoval

Greg Sandoval, a senior writer at tech news site CNET, has resigned, saying he doesn’t have faith in parent company CBS Corp.

In a Twitter message, Sandoval wrote, “Sad to report that I’ve resigned from CNET. I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence.”

Last week, CBS required CNET to drop a Dish Network product from consideration of an award because it is currently in litigation with Dish. Read about the ethics flap here.

Sandoval later posted, “CNET wasn’t honest about what occurred regarding Dish is unacceptable to me. We are supposed to be truth tellers.” And he then added, “Please know no one in News or Reviews editorial did anything wrong. I believe CNET’s leaders are also honest but used poor judgement.”

Sandoval later wrote, “I am not disgruntled. CBS and CNET were great to me. I just want to be known as an honest reporter. Thanks everyone for reading me.”

Sandoval has been with CNET since November 2005. He started as a staff writer in the Los Angeles Times’ sports section in 1992. He took a whack at television in 1998 while with the E! True Hollywood Story. In 1999, he moved to San Francisco and started covering technology for CNET News.com. Three years later, he returned to sports reporting for the Washington Post and stayed three years.

He also covered technology for the Associated Press.