Microsoft gives free laptops to bloggers - does that affect their credibility and integrity?

In your opinion, does accepting a major freebie (such as a notebook computer) affect a blogger/journalist's credibility and integrity?

Maybe you've already heard the story that Microsoft and AMD decided to give away a limited number of Ferrari laptops to bloggers to allow them to experience and review Windows Vista.  If this story is new to you then here are a few links to get you up to speed.

Ferrari laptop
Now a lot of people have spoken about this topic, mostly other bloggers who are annoyed that they didn't get free laptops (Disclosure time - I didn't get one, but to be honest if I'd received an email saying "do you want a free laptop" I'd have flagged it as some spam or scam and binned it, I'm also not sure what the fuss is, after all, it's not like these Acer notebooks are top of the line or anything.  If I'd been offered one I would have turned it down without a second though.  Why?  I already have better notebooks! ;-)  ), but I'm interested in what you, as readers of tech blogs, have to say on the matter.

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In your opinion, does accepting a major freebie (such as a notebook computer) affect a blogger/journalist's credibility and integrity?

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