Actually, that's not true...
by JoshSHill - 5/19/09 2:35 PM
In Reply to: Quit hating on Natali by mcpgy2472
To be perfectly honest with you, I think you might be underestimating just how important this issue is. Consider the rest of the BOL Lounge threads, and how many replies this thread has compared to all the others. Then consider that, with every subscriber that disappears from BOL, CNET loses the ability to sell BOL as one of the leading tech podcasts on the net, and thus loses potential advertising revenue.
Additionally, all of our opinions matter, to some degree.
Furthermore, if you spend the time to actually go back and read over the posts in this thread, you'll find that not many of us are actually hating on Natali. Many of us are more than willing to admit that she is funny and clever. If you go back a few posts you'll find that I have already commented on how good she is on the 404.
The problem is that she doesn't belong on BOL. The show has and always should be the in depth technological insight show, and with Natali on as a regular host it loses that. The simple fact is that she doesn't know what she is talking about a lot of the time, and while that isn't always a problem (see Veronica and Jason) she ALSO doesn't know when to close her mouth. Both Veronica and Jason sat and listened to the show, before voicing their opinions, and even then they started out voicing opinions on topics that they knew a lot about (V on Macs and gaming and Jason on music).
Sadly, Natali doesn't have the ... whatever, to know when to shut her mouth. In doing so, she makes a fool of herself at times, makes herself look naive, and at times robs the other hosts from the opportunity to actually discuss a topic. Several times I have heard her simply segue into another story before actually letting the other hosts - ie, Tom - finish discussing an issue. And when that happens, she is robbing the show of its main intent.
So no, we're not hating on Natali. She belongs at CNET, but let's put her over on the 404 where her knowledge base and personality fits.
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