BlackBerry surge shows how media can pump price – as FP Editors suggest that the Pentagon made a massive commitment to company’s devices?

BlackBerry's Back

Bloomberg’s got BlackBerry’s back. It’s nice to see the Financial Post getting behind beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd. However they seem to have missed a some key details in their desire to get on the bandwagon…

Their story (from Bloomberg) conveniently avoided several key points of information, in order to present a positive spin on some news that barely even related to BlackBerry.

First, the new DoD DISA system was built by Fixmo (and is NOT based in BES/BB10 features) and it’s been designed to support 300,000 devices. (not just the current 81,200 indicated).

It also doesn’t state that this system is NOT being built around BlackBerry’s BES network either.

In fact, this system is being built around Fixmo’s MDM solutions, and is clearly open to new Android or Apple devices as well!

So the only bone fide BB angle in all this news is that the existing 80,000 BB’s in the DoD will also be allowed onto the new system…ALONG WITH Android & IOS devices !

Evidently, this is why there’s NO ACTUAL MENTION of BB10 devices in the Bloomberg and Financial Post articles, and the included picture is of an older phone? This is clearly a pump-piece from Bloomberg, that FP also ran with.

The impressive 98% figure being bandied in the lede is also QUITE mis-representative, since it only applied to the current ratio of (80,000) BB devices in the launch phase, where well over 2/3rds of the forthcoming devices aren’t accounted for yet.

So at what point can we call journalism, that depends on highly selective reporting and slanted intent what it really is?

Anybody who knew the full story around this DoD news could tell that this Bloomberg piece was yellow.
Surprisingly the editors at FP didn’t question the slanted motives either.

Perhaps due diligence only applies to basic fact checking, of the surface numbers, and not what they appear to represent. Or maybe FP simply defers to Bloomberg on that basic principal of journalism as well?

Financial Post | Business

BlackBerry Ltd. shares surged as the U.S. Defense Department said its smartphones will be the primary device supported on a new network, showing that rivals are finding it difficult to unseat the longtime government supplier.

About 80,000 BlackBerrys will start being hooked up to the department’s management system at the end of this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency said in a statement last week. The network will also include 1,800 phones and tablets based on Apple Inc.’s iOS software and Google Inc.’s Android operating system.

BlackBerry rose as much as 12%. It was trading 8.1% higher at $9.82 at 11:35 a.m. in New York. The company’s Canadian shares had already jumped 8.2% yesterday in Toronto while U.S. exchanges were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After tumbling 37% last year, the U.S. shares had gained 22% this year through Jan. 17.

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