I too am disappointed with the decline of BOL since Veronica's departure and Molly's return. It seems the show now is all about opinion and little on news. I understand that it isn't a "hard" news show, but the ranting and opining has gone overboard, and in my opinion Molly is to blame.
First, a disclaimer. I own Macs and I prefer them over WIndows products. However, I am objective about things. I didn't buy an iPhone because I felt it was too expensive. I'm also using a 4 year old PowerBook because I'm waiting for the new models to have something revolutionary, not evolutionary as the initial Intel MacBook Pros have been. The point is I don't jump when Steve says to. I make my own mind up when to buy something, and it has to be worth its price to get me to spend the money.
Kudos to Tom for pointing out that you *DON'T* have to buy a product if you think it isn't worth the money. However, Molly, you want to crucify the company when the consumers are the ones who make the decision on whether to pull the trigger on a purchase. No, Apple was wrong to drop the price this early in the game so drastically, but there are economic forces at play in this issue (the new iPod Touch for example) that kind of forced their hand. They *HAD* to introduce the new iPod (remember Ms. Wood, you've been berating Apple for their boring iPod line, saying that it needed a shake-up) and it *HAD* to be done before Christmas. So, to keep the iPhone relevant, the price drop had to happen, plus Nokia's N95 is entering the market and Apple had to meet that competition head on. One other point, BOL has been discussing the NAND flash memory shortage that has been developing after a fire in a Samsung plant earlier this year. Molly's initial reaction and review of the iPod Touch was where's the 32 Gb model? Well, if you had been keeping up with this important story Molly, you would know that Apple has 25% of the ENTIRE flash memory production bottled up, and with the constraints from the fire and other forces in the flash memory production processes, I think they've done pretty good getting a 16Gb iPod out the door, not to mention that the 32 Gb flash memory is prohibitively expensive now.
Well, that's off my chest, now on to fixing BOL. I come from a broadcasting background and in j-school, I was taught that my main job is to be objective and not let my personal feelings get in the way of a story. Molly lets this happen all of the time. Yes, it seems as if Apple is her whipping boy, but she also shows too much opinion on other important issues too. I think opinion is fine, but it needs to be cut back on this show. It seems as if 90% of BOL is rants and opinion now, and that isn't serving the audience well. It's your job BOLers to make your audience aware of the issues of the day and LET THEM DECIDE based on FACTS what their opinion on the subject should be. That's what good journalism SHOULD be and God knows we have so little of that anymore in the mainstream press where it's all about spin. So, cut back on the opinions, especially Molly.
Second, a third host is needed a la Veronica. Yes, she was an Apple fan girl, but she did a good job keeping things in perspective and entertaining on the show. If you're gonna let Molly go off as a loose cannon, then have someone on there to try and keep the thing reeled in like Veronica used to do.
Third, have guests on the show to bring in other viewpoints. You have done this in the past, but they are few and far between. It's much more interesting if you can have a guest who is involved with the main story.
One of my biggest criticiams of CNet in general is how they eschew the live interview with the newsmaker and let the journalist deliver his/her interpretation of what the newsmaker has been saying. I feel that does a dis-service to the audience by both introducing bias into the reporting (see the opinion rant above) plus makes me feel as if they can't trust me to listen to Larry Ellison or Linus Torvalds or whomever is in question. This is radio/TV CNet, not a newspaper. Radio/TV has recorded audio and video for stories. You need to step up and deliver that style of content, instead of having your "journalists" tell us what they feel is important.
I unsubscribed to MP3 Insider after Veronica left because Jasmine is so anti-iPod it isn't funny. She is just all the time trying to find something to stick the players with so she can hype others that she stretches the criticisms beyond the point of sensibility. Again, I'm fine with CONSTRUCTIVE criticism about a product, but MP3 Insider hasn't had an objective opinion on the iPod in a long time. Molly does much of the same in her presentations on CNet, and if BOL doesn't lose some attitude, then they will lose another listener in me.
I just hate to see this show denigrate into what it has become. I used to look forward to listening to it daily. Now, I just dread to hear Molly rant. Please BOL, do something!