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Disappointing article from Lennard Zinn on Specialized/Volagi

10 Feb 2012 14:29

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/02/news/david-vs-goliath_206046

Sounds like Specialized is a little hurt and has asked Lennard to help them out.
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10 Feb 2012 17:22

richwagmn wrote:http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/02/news/david-vs-goliath_206046

Sounds like Specialized is a little hurt and has asked Lennard to help them out.


It sounds like Sinyard himself is hurt by the fallout. Many of his quotes are disingenuous. Some appear to be outright lies. He even tries to distance himself from the Apple and Jobs comparison by saying he was just using an analogy that the jury would understand. Reports from other sources say that Sinyard has long admired Jobs and considers himself the bicycle equivalent. He denies that there is a history of lawsuits when there is a long list of small companies that Specialized has roughed up.

That is the level of crap journalism that we have come to expect from Velonews. This is little more than a Specialized PR statement that tells just enough of Volagi's side of the story to allow the piece to masquerade as piece of fair journalism.

You do have to love how Sinyard says he was forced into suing. He didn't want to, but he was forced to do it. He proffers a rather ridiculous explanation that his employees had to know that he wold protect their work. Of course Zinn glosses over the fact that any claim that was even near the realm of supporting such an argument was thrown out of court. Zinn does not explore tthe obvious (and much more believable) flip side of Sinyard's line of reasoning, which is that the purpose was to intimidate his own employees so they will think twice about starting their own companies.

Then to wrap the article up, the hurting Sinyard say he would do it all over again. I bet. Sinyard ran smack into reality in the age of social media when there is blowback for his practice of sue first, ask whether it is legitimate later or maybe not at all.
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10 Feb 2012 18:57

BroDeal wrote:It sounds like Sinyard himself is hurt by the fallout. Many of his quotes are disingenuous. Some appear to be outright lies. He even tries to distance himself from the Apple and Jobs comparison by saying he was just using an analogy that the jury would understand. Reports from other sources say that Sinyard has long admired Jobs and considers himself the bicycle equivalent. He denies that there is a history of lawsuits when there is a long list of small companies that Specialized has roughed up.

That is the level of crap journalism that we have come to expect from Velonews. This is little more than a Specialized PR statement that tells just enough of Volagi's side of the story to allow the piece to masquerade as piece of fair journalism.

You do have to love how Sinyard says he was forced into suing. He didn't want to, but he was forced to do it. He proffers a rather ridiculous explanation that his employees had to know that he wold protect their work. Of course Zinn glosses over the fact that any claim that was even near the realm of supporting such an argument was thrown out of court. Zinn does not explore tthe obvious (and much more believable) flip side of Sinyard's line of reasoning, which is that the purpose was to intimidate his own employees so they will think twice about starting their own companies.

Then to wrap the article up, the hurting Sinyard say he would do it all over again. I bet. Sinyard ran smack into reality in the age of social media when there is blowback for his practice of sue first, ask whether it is legitimate later or maybe not at all.


All that and then there's Ben Delaney who now works for Specialized and until very recently was the editor at VN.... Zinn's former Boss... prolly called in a favor at VN for his new employer. Maybe got the new corner office or something.

Or it could all be a total coincidence.:)
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10 Feb 2012 18:58

BroDeal wrote:It sounds like Sinyard himself is hurt by the fallout. Many of his quotes are disingenuous. Some appear to be outright lies. He even tries to distance himself from the Apple and Jobs comparison by saying he was just using an analogy that the jury would understand. Reports from other sources say that Sinyard has long admired Jobs and considers himself the bicycle equivalent. He denies that there is a history of lawsuits when there is a long list of small companies that Specialized has roughed up.

That is the level of crap journalism that we have come to expect from Velonews. This is little more than a Specialized PR statement that tells just enough of Volagi's side of the story to allow the piece to masquerade as piece of fair journalism.

You do have to love how Sinyard says he was forced into suing. He didn't want to, but he was forced to do it. He proffers a rather ridiculous explanation that his employees had to know that he wold protect their work. Of course Zinn glosses over the fact that any claim that was even near the realm of supporting such an argument was thrown out of court. Zinn does not explore tthe obvious (and much more believable) flip side of Sinyard's line of reasoning, which is that the purpose was to intimidate his own employees so they will think twice about starting their own companies.

Then to wrap the article up, the hurting Sinyard say he would do it all over again. I bet. Sinyard ran smack into reality in the age of social media when there is blowback for his practice of sue first, ask whether it is legitimate later or maybe not at all.


All that and then there's Ben Delaney who now works for Specialized and until very recently was the editor at VN.... Zinn's former Boss... prolly called in a favor at VN for his new employer. Maybe got the new corner office or something.

Or it could all be a total coincidence.:)
Scott SoCal
 

10 Feb 2012 22:11

BroDeal wrote:That is the level of crap journalism that we have come to expect from Velonews.


The media property couldn't survive on its own, and this is the reason why. Their editorial choices are even worse now more than ever.

I can't see how the new owners are going to make VN profitable as they have clearly decided to produce content specifically for the benefit of their advertisers. It reminds me of an Amex travel/food magazine whose only reason for existence is as a branding/marketing exercise.
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12 Feb 2012 06:15

In his article Zinn states he is just reporting Sinyard's side of the story. Because most of the questions he posed to Sinyard are rather superficial, and he lets Sinyard off with evasive answers to the hard ones, the story comes across as and advocacy piece for Specialized. Well, Sinyard's side of the story is just not very convincing.

That's what happens when you send a technical editor out to do a reporter's job.
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