"Never give the people what they want"
Are you kidding? For a series that has been teetering on the brink of no longer being relevant for 15 years why would you want to further alienate an already fractured fan base?
If 70% of the general public (mind you that is the stated target audience for this film)would prefer to have Shatner in it as Kirk (remember to vast majority of people only know Star Trek as Kirk + Spock plus some TNG thrown in)why not give them what they want?
I understand what Meyer was saying as far as pandering to an audience and I agree with him, but this is a special case. They are trying to save this commercially dying franchise. I say give the people what they want in this case.