We're not "jumping" to anything here. Our "good guess" is based on how SE has behaved during those past 5-7 years.
And btw: Whenever a sub-contractor of a major company f*cks up, it is only natural to blame the major company and not the sub-contractor (in this case: the celebs). It's the "parent" company's responsibility to choose their sub-contractors well. It's with the parent company that I have my contract, not with the sub-contractors. That's why it's called "sub-".
And the point...once again...is that none of that would indicate, by default, that there was any dishonesty involved.
If you ignore this simple rule, any major company could always say: "It wasn't us, it was sub-contractor ABC's fault."
Such a simple point so readily convoluted.
I'm not interested in your "good guess". I'm interested in proof before I label someone as dishonest or deceitful and around here, people don't need proof. SE says something and someone isn't satisfied that they lived up to their statements and it's immediately a case of SE having lied. Not that they fell short, not that they dropped the ball, but that they lied. That they were willfully misleading.
And yes, others here have
made statements to the effect that SE was being deceitful. Deceitful means willfully misleading. It means knowingly presenting information that is contrary to reality. The bloggers were deceitful. We have no proof that SE was.
Again, it's called objectivity. 9 year olds call people who disappoint them liars because they're disappointed. Adults are expected to be able to tell the difference between a lie and a mistake. That's just how life goes.
Calling someone a liar is not very nice at all. Calling them out for their mistakes might hurt their feelings but as soon as you escalate it to accusations of dishonesty, a line has been crossed. That's why we have laws defending your right to speak your mind to someone but we have laws designed to prevent you from making false statements about their character. Words like "slander" come to mind, and if you were influential enough to actually cause harm based on your false accusations we get into words like "libel" and you don't want to be in a court room defending yourself against either of those. Not saying anyone here has crossed that line, just illustrating how uncool it is to so readily jump to such serious allegations.