Interessant nieuwsberichtje van News.com, over een artikel van de New York Times, waaruit zou blijken dat Microsoft zou hebben betaald voor advertenties van the Independent Institute, waarin gezegd werd dat de rechtszaak tegen Microsoft ten nadele van de consument zou zijn:
Microsoft secretly paid for newspaper ads by a California foundation that purported to present the independent views of 240 academic experts who said the U.S. government's antitrust case against the software giant was hurting consumers, according to a published report.
The New York Times quoted Microsoft spokesman Greg Shaw as acknowledging that the world's largest software company paid for the June newspaper ads.
The Times also cited internal documents of the Independent Institute of Oakland, California, showing that Microsoft paid a $153,868 bill to cover the cost of newspaper ads and air fare for the foundation's president, David Theroux, to travel to Washington for a press conference the day the ads ran in two major newspapers.
[...] At least one academic whose name was included in the ad disagreed. "He should have told us," Simon Hakim, a Temple University economist, said when told yesterday of the financing. "I would not have participated if I had known. It's not right to use people as a vehicle for special interests.”