New CHOW "Product Reviews" Suspiciously Like Advertorial
One thing I love about Chow discussions is the honest feel of crowdsourcin: Real people giving honest opinions about their own experiences with products, techniques, etc. This new "Product Reviews" has a definite scent and it's not honesty. Tell me I'm wrong.
In fairness, they've panned a solid half of the products they've reviewed (sometimes without particularly good reasons, but still). And those they've recommended most enthusiastically (the Wusthof block set of knives, for example) don't really need advertising from Chow.com.
Here is Dave MP's claim, which I'm inclined to believe: