You understand why WordPress was selected, though? The new owners do not want this site to be a review site or social site, they want it to be a blog with occasional tech posts by guests. In another thread someone mentioned ReadWrite blog. Take a look at it, this is what TechReport will become. You know it is true even if you are afraid to admit it
What's up with the WordPress hate? As someone who has written more CMSes than is sane (which, to be fair, would be one) and used every major offering out there at one time or another, I feel fairly well-qualified on the subject. While WordPress isn't one of my favorites, there is NOTHING about it that precludes creating a fantastic site and NOTHING that restricts the type of site, the look-and-feel, or pretty much anything else you could think of.
Ars Technica runs WordPress.
Techcrunch runs WordPress.
The New Yorker runs WordPress.
BBC America runs WordPress.
Variety runs WordPress.
Microsoft's news site runs WordPress.
Facebook Newsroom runs WordPress.
AMC's Walking Dead site runs WordPress.
The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog runs WordPress.
Check out those sites. They pretty much couldn't be more different in terms of features, look-and-feel, target audience, publishing requirements, etc.
Not one of these sites is an "SEO blog" or whatever it is you are lambasting WordPress for. They are all serious sites with a ton of traffic.