[Updates with info from comments, below, saying The Atlantic did not properly distinguish between ad copy and editorial, and with a link to a post by David Dobbs.]
As the media consultant Jeff Jarvis tweeted on Tuesday, it was a "disturbing day for journalism: CNET sells out for CBS; Observer kills a column for the offended; Atlantic runs Scientology advertorial."
In three separate instances, websites had been ordered not to publish or had withdrawn material that had already been posted. But the circumstances were different in each case, and the differences bear scrutiny.
The CNET/CBS clash
I posted yesterday on this case--CBS's decision to quash a review by its subsidiary, CNET, of a digital-video recorder that allows viewers to...