Mac user Rush Limbaugh is having a heck of a week with dual controversies swirling throughout the web,TV, newspapers, and radio. Back in March, Limbaugh expounded on the addition of Al Gore to Apple’s Board of Directors:
“We use Macs here at the EIB Network. We’re an entire Mac shop, and Algore, who probably wouldn’t know the Internet if he was on the computer, is now a member of the Apple board of directors,” Rush posted on his site. “I have to see if one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Gosh, I hope not, and I hope he doesn’t have anything to do, other than ceremonial duties, with this outfit. If they start letting him reinvent Apple like he reinvented government, oh boy… I just ordered a couple of new G4 Power Mac towers, and this is the way I get paid back? Geez.” More here.
Today, Rush Limbaugh is in the news. Bigtime. He has now announced his resignation from ESPN’s “NFL Sunday Countdown” after the flap over his opinion of NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb’s play and the media’s treatment of McNabb escalated over the past few days. Read Rush’s explanation here. Read the ESPN story here.
In addtion, the Drudge Report is reporting that The National Enquirer will allege that “Rush Limbaugh in drug ring… Housekeeper wore wire in set-up, supplied pain pills…Enquirer allege’s abuse of tens of thousands of pills…” Rush Limbaugh has posted a statement to his website that reads, “I am unaware of any investigation by any authorities involving me. No governmental representative has contacted me directly or indirectly. If my assistance is required in the future, I will, of course, cooperate fully.” More here.
Rush is a big Mac promoter who has complained several times on his radio show that Apple wouldn’t use him to do Mac ads because Steve Jobs’ political viewpoints don’t mesh with his. Just this past June, Rush wrote, “I recently bought the latest dual-processor G4. I’ve already hooked up audio, video, iChat – which is their version of AOL instant messenger – and it’s incredible. It’s real-time video conferencing on your computer. The long-distance companies are going to have to get in on this. The G5 is an even more advanced machine, yet Apple’s market share remains static! They have so much superior equipment that they should have at least double the share of the market they hold now. Apple is apparently a company that is so constrained by the political views of its corporate leadership and board, which now includes Algore, that it’s accepting lower sales. What a shame.” More here.
The New York Daily News has more on Rush’s ESPN resignation and prescription drug probe here.