I am outraged that anyone would question my good friend Om's credibility, integrity and objectivity as Valleywag and a few others chose to do. Om today bared his soul in a post in response in a very professional way.
Given both my professional, personal and blogger relationship with him for now over three years I can only say those that wrote what they did are wrong. He's not taking board seats and all GigaOm and he are doing by turning off the Microsoft campaign is showing that they're putting (or taking) the money where their mouth (or fingers) are.
If anything this shows one more example of how Microsoft doesn't get how to work with the blogosphere by attempting to marginalize the bloggers reputations while building their own efforts up.
I personally applaud Om for turning off their ads, and for standing up and being counted.