Rush Limbaugh: ‘Nine out of 10 tech bloggers hate Apple’

Mac, iPhone, and iPad user Rush Limbaugh on Friday discussed the tech media and their relationship with Apple.

The 3-hour Rush Limbaugh Show airs daily on a network of approximately 590 AM and FM affiliate stations. The program is also broadcast worldwide on the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network. A November 2008 poll by Zogby International found that Rush Limbaugh was the most trusted news personality in the nation.

From the live transcript:

You know, I’ve become a student of the media, and I’ll tell you, there’s something happening. And I don’t know if it’s gonna lead to anything. As you know, I spend a lot of time as a hobby reading high-tech and gadget blogs. And that media — there are journalists there, some of these blogs have actual websites, they publish as online newspapers, and the people that work there are, in their own minds, journalists. And it is amazing the online tech bloggers come down and are divided like the mainstream news guys are between Republicans and Democrats.

Now, in the mainstream news media, there’s hardly any conservative media in the mainstream. The alternative media is loaded with it, but the mainstream media, the big newspapers, the big networks, you have to look long and hard to find a conservative, to find a Republican, to find anybody who’s even fair about them. It’s the same way in the tech blog. I would venture to say that nine out of 10 bloggers writing high-tech hate Apple.

Apple is the equivalent of the Republicans on these blogs, and Google, Android, and Samsung are the equivalent of the Democrats. They’re perfect, they can’t do anything wrong, they’re ideal, and everybody hates Apple. But Apple does have a small cadre of loyalists.

I’d say most of them vote Democrat. Most of them think they’re young and hip, pop culture hip, that’s high-tech, of course it would be. Republicans to them are probably aliens from Mars, racists, sexists, bigot homophobes. But to my mind, I don’t know if it’s gonna mean anything, the pro-Apple bloggers are looking at the way the pro-Samsung, Google, and Android bloggers write, and they’re now starting to write about the media bias, and they’re starting to write about the unfairness, and they don’t understand it. I mean, they’re chronicling how these pro-Samsung and Google, Android guys are faking data, faking news to make it look bad for Apple when it really isn’t. And they’re at the stage now of scratching their heads trying to figure out why this is happening.

Now, I don’t know any of these people. I don’t have an entree to any of them, and I’m probably someone that they would associate with Republicans, you know, out of it, old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy, kook, hayseed, racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe. I would love to just be able to get to one of these guys say, “Now, I want you to do something. The way you see these guys propping up Samsung and Google and Android and the way these guys are ripping Apple to shreds, would you try to see that in the mainstream media? Would you open your eyes and see what’s going on in the mainstream media? Would you try to open your eyes and see that in the mainstream media, the Republican Party is Apple, and the Democrat Party is Samsung, Google, and Android.

My guess is that the entire universe of people I’m talking, with exceptions, of course, just like there are exceptions everywhere, but this entire universe of tech bloggers is probably liberal Democrat, in their politics. And yet they are seeing the same kind of bias in the area they care about that you and I see in the area we care about: politics. And it would be a great teachable moment, I would love to get some of these guys and say, “Would you start questioning CBS the way you question that website? Would you start questioning NBC the way you question that blog and the way they report on Apple? Would you start questioning ABC the same way you are dubious of that blog and the way they’re reporting on Samsung?”

Read more in the full transcript here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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121 Comments

    1. Not even that. Not a huge fan of Rush, though I’ve agreed with him on most of his Apple opinions. However Rush is behind the times. There’s a shift in though happening out here that is real and spreading rapidly.

      People are less and less Democrats vs. Republican and more and more The People vs. The Elite (bankers, oil, insurance, ie powerful corporations) buying influence in both parties.

      People are starting to look past the Dem/Reps and starting to see the game that’s being played on them. Rush is not taking that shift of consciousness into account.

      It’s pointless pitting Apple as Rep Vs. Dem problem. That’s not the real dynamic. These other companies, with the help of the government is trying to tear down Apple because it’s becoming too powerful, and does not want to play political games that everyone else is clearly doing.

      Rush needs to stop thinking of media delineated politics of Rep v. Dems. And start looking outside the programmed tv box and follow the money and the actual power.

      Anyone who is still thinking that it’s a Democrat vs. Republican world is clearly stupid and highly uninformed.

      Rush should do his homework.

      1. Bankers, oilmen, insurance people and “powerful corporations” all provide value for the money they get. These are not the problem.
        The problem is political elites — government employees who suck the lifeblood out of American workers. Obama is the #1 bloodsucker. Obama refuses to admit that we have a government spending problem or that government is too big. Big government is good for him. He only gets richer and more powerful through his crony capitalism that enriches his friends at our expense.

    2. As a once card carrying communist (yes, really) I find myself agreeing with the fat libertine.
      You just have not to think political disagreement means badness per se.

    1. No, he’s not. As always, he plays fast and loose with the numbers, spinning them to exact maximum controversy. The man sells FUD, and millions of unthinking idiots lap it up.

      1. So your factual point is….

        Please tell us why he is wrong and back it up.

        Sorry, if he was wrong all the time CNN would be showing daily clips of all the mistakes.
        They try once every 6 months or so and it ends up being a snippet taken out of context or maybe like CBS did and just edited the tape to their liking.

        1. Limbaugh’s actual words were, ” I would venture to say that nine out of 10 bloggers writing high-tech hate Apple.”

          You must be a fool to believe that Limbaugh’s numbers are based on any poll, survey, or objective analysis of any kind. He pulled them out of his ass while in the midst of his usual political monologue. The onus is on Limbaugh to prove his opinions, as he’s the originator of this BS. Please use your brain rather than drinking all this unsubstantiated Limbaugh FUD.

            1. Immature personal attacks aside, GoeB, I was responding to “Think”, who clearly was not following his own advice. Don’t butt in when you have nothing to add to a conversation.

            2. I know who you were responding to and to whom you failed to respond to (@billyjackblack). Hope it’s not too tough for you to look up the word “venture” and understand what Rush said. If you can’t do that — butt out. I was not talking to you.

            3. @ GoeB:

              Attempting to quality the meaning of a sentence with the trite little phrase “I would venture to say” doesn’t significantly change the meaning of what one utters. If Limbaugh is stupid enough to believe — and seriously put money into venture to prove that 90 percent of bloggers “hate Apple”, he’s stupid. And if he doesn’t really believe what he says, then he’s a liar. Which is it, wise guy?

            4. Say brainless, it does indeed change the meaning and at no time did Rush say it is an iron-clad fact. We that can see, know what he meant.

          1. Sorry, Think, it is not CNN’s job to debunk every lie and distortion RL makes. Doing so would only give him publicity – and CNN would not lavish such free advertising on a competitor. Your claim that any news outlet’s lack of rebuttal means RL must be true is laughable. There simply isn’t enough time in a day to refute the constant stream of garbage coming from RL and doing so just makes him more important than he undeservedly is.

            1. Possibly CNN cannot find any lies or distortions? Because I would BET the farm if they did, they would be giddy and all over it relentlessly 24/7.

              Hate to burst your bubble, but Rush does not need publicity from CNN or anyone else. Already the most successful in radio and a household name even in homes of his most strident critics, like you.

              You can laugh all you want, but you offer no facts or truths, only typical left-nut generalized BS.

      2. You’re not even close to being right. His numbers and facts are correct and you need to back up what you say here when you talk about Rush. Lot’s of Rush fans here and Rush is a loyal Apple fan and has used Mac computers since his show has started and even he’s admitted that it wasn’t always easy to be a Apple use 100% due to many compatibility issue, but that isn’t the case now. Rush does visit this site and I’m a big fan of his and my hat is off to him and his show. Keep it up Rush!

        1. So the number of people who agree with RL makes what he says true? Well then, I guess that means the Earth really was flat until Columbus came along, because that’s what everyone believed.

  1. I think that Rush made a big mistake by making a comparison to political parties. People will latch on to the political comparisons and the real issues of unreliable Apple stories will get lost in the noise.

    Numerous examples of such noise will doubtless follow lower down in this thread.

    1. This piece was not about Apple vs. Samsung. It was about mainstream media bias. He was using the bias in tech blogs as an example to illuminate his opinion about political bias in mainstream media.

      Notice that MDN re-titled it to make it a MDN story but the original title was “Tech Blogs Start Noticing Media Bias.”

        1. Do you have a problem with reading comprehension? It is clear what @zbernie said. And you come back with putting words in his mouth? FYI: Rush does not use those two terms you hatefully spewed out there and clearly obvious you have never listened to him. I think we know who the “blowhard” here is …

    1. Wow, I can only assume you associate only with those that are aligned w/ your paradigm?
      After all, he’s got the largest radio audience in the Country and no liberal tv host comes fractionally close in listeners/watchers.
      When I listen to RL, I often ask what are the opinions/statements that cause such repulsion in those like you? I often suspect your distaste of RL is based more on the momentum of here-say, vs actual points. Btw, I’m not talking about the simple diff of opinion, but the verve bordering on hatred.

    2. This reply kind of proves his point, doesn’t it? A lot of these posts do. It’s angry screeching without any real substance to back it up. It’s exactly the sort of bizarre emotional reaction that seems to be “rooting” for an certain outcome instead of looking for the correct one. It *does* happen in the media all the time; it *is* happening to Apple more and more often.

  2. I’ve read MDN for years, but quoting the despicable Limbaugh? I’m done. You have quoted a man who encourages hate, racism and fear and works diligently to divide people. He has made fun of murdered children and, well the list of hate speech is endless. You should be ashamed.

    1. If you really have been reading MDN for years, you’d know that they cover everything Apple-related, including routinely covering Limbaugh whenever he discusses Apple.

      The rest of your post is a collection of lies.

      The only one who should be ashamed here is you, for trying to squelch free speech among those who refuse to toe the Democrat party line – a typical Lib tactic.

        1. Agreed. RL is far too hateful, misogynistic, and divisive to be taken as credible. His support of the Mac platform is a good thing, but obliterated by his views on the real priorities of the truly working class.

    2. Maybe you should look at the related stories.. They quote Rush all the time.

      and go ahead.. prove your accusations. All of your hate for rush is ginned up from the left’s hate of him in the media, and untrue.
      This happens in every Rush story, the left here comes out and claims something about Rush that he said, and it’s proven wrong.
      “Makes fun of murdered children” i’ll admit, thats a new one.

    3. This is coming from someone how never listens to him, only reads about him at left-wing-nut websites. You are just another low information brainwashed minion.

    4. Amazing how many people love to spread the FUD about a person or technology. You do yourself and everyone else a disservice spreading outright lies with expressing your primitive uneducated understandings. I’m not a fan of Rush but I like fairness applied to everyone, even Samsung and Google in rare exception, though admittedly that gets harder and harder. This mob mentality has got to stop. You apparently only read what you want to see, you need to get out more and see all sides. I know it probably upsets you the idea of finding out that people like Limbaugh aren’t as bad as you thought. The shame factor is HUGELY all yours. Shame shame on YOU and your rationalization biased & myopic one track mind.

    5. Leaving politics out of it, this post is just dishonest. MDN has quoted Limbaugh many, many, MANY times. You cannot have been an MDN reader “for year” and have failed to notice this.

    6. “I’ve read MDN for years, but quoting the despicable Limbaugh? I’m done.”

      Read MDN for years and never seen or read a Rush article? Another LIBERAL LIAR.

      ” …encourages hate, racism and fear and works diligently to divide people.” Clearly obvious you have NEVER listened to Rush. You only know what your liberal masters told you to think and obvious you cannot think for yourself … pity.

      Makes fun of murdered children??? Refer to my first comment, nuff said.

  3. Rush is in heavy decline and is being shown the door at Cumulus Media. Look at the books for WABC, WLS and other stations that beam his poison- they are trending down in a growing radio market.

    Not only that, the ads are not sold at rates consistent with his ratings as many companies have decided to not be associated with his divisive disinformation.

    Remember, Rush is Reich.

    1. Darwin Evolved is a liar or an ignoramus. Take your pick.

      It’s a negotiation tactic, imbecile.

      You are gonna be able to get this radio program on as many, if not more, radio stations down the road than it’s on now, and what you’re being treated to is just a public business negotiation. Negotiations have been taken public by one side of this… Everything’s cool, and, as always, what’s on the table for this program is growth. – Rush Limbaugh

      http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/07/29/i_m_not_going_anywhere_folks

      1. Rush’s ad inventory is bad- nobody wants their stuff associated with this racist (remember Barack the Magic Negro?) moron.

        Here is an old list of former advertisers that now request that no ads be placed on Rush Limbaugh:

        21st Century Insurance • Hotels.com • Rite Aid • Ace Hardware • Honda • Robitussin • Acura • IBM • Sam Adams • Advance Auto Parts • Icy Hot • Sam’s Club • Advil (All products) • Intuit/Small Business • Schiff – Digestive Advantage • Alacer/Emergen-C • Schiff – Mega Red • Allegra (all products) • Johnson & Johnson (All Brands) • Schiff – Move Free • Kohl’s • Schiff – Sustenex • Ally Bank • La Quinta • Scotts Miracle-Gro (all products) • American Express • Lifetime • Autozone • Little Caesars • Sony • Lowe’s • State Farm • British Petroleum • Luxottica • Staples • Bullfrog Sunblock • Macy’s • Sterling/Kay Jared Jewelers • Caltrate • MasterCard • Subway • Centrum • McDonalds • Takeda Uloric • Chapstick • Midas • The Home Depot • Clorox (Pinesol/Homecare) • Napa Auto Parts • ThermaCare • Cortizone • National Realtor • Toyota • DeVry • NBC-TV • Discover Card • Office Depot • Twinings of London • Domino’s Pizza • Office Max • Tyson/Wright Brand Bacon • Exxon/Exxon Mobil • One Main Financial • Unisom • Farmers Insurance • United Healthcare • Ford • Orkin • U.S. Army • Outback • U. S. Postal Service • General Motors (All products -GM Certified Service • Chevy • Onstar • Cadillac ��� etc) • Preparation H • Visa • Gold Bond (all products • ProNutrients (all products) • Walgreens • Grainger • Progressive Insurance • Wal-Mart • Green Mountain Coffee • Prudential • Wells Fargo • Hallmark • Radio Shack • Wrigley • H&R Block • Rent-A-Center • Yahoo!

        More have been added.

          1. Re:”Rush Limbaugh’s personal net worth is over $1 billion.”

            Bill Gates gave away more than $40 Billion. Does that make him any more correct about anything? How about a copy of Windows 8?

            Newsbusters? You must be kidding. That’s not a legit source.

            1. Bill Gates may have given away more than $40 Billion but the bastard got that rich by stealing IP and intimidating customers with a do it my way with Windows or shut down your PC production for ever.
              Is Bill the thieving pirate a better man than Rush the fiscal Republican?

            2. Kindly reconsider Mr Gates “generosity.” He actually GAVE almost nothing.

              What he did do was to place his wealth in a “charitable trust” tax loophole, permanently untouchable by you and other taxpayers who will never see a penny of it. I do not believe he has to give away the principle EVER – and maybe not even the earnings. He can have his family members administer the trust and they can enjoy a fat, easy living off it, in perpetuity. He can also use to trust to further his pet goals even if they reflect a political agenda (eg, planned parenthood, etc).

              Lastly, he gets lots of LOVE from the media as a great, philanthropic American. The old crooked Warren Buffett knows a sure thing when he sees it, and has followed suit by joining the Gates Foundation.

        1. Barrack the magic negro…

          http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,3391015.story

          THE Inspiration for the tune.
          Facts? nah, just blame Rush instead.

          And Darwin, it’s hilarious how that list of ads you mention that were sent out, NEVER advertised with Rush.. only advertised LOCALY with the LOCAL stations.. But you attribute them to RUSH only…

          There were even a few that took offense to the smearing email, and directly advertised with Rush afterwards.
          Just read Superior Being’s link.

        2. Nice list anyone can write. What is the SOURCE of your information? As others have pointed out and Limbaugh himself — advertising has thrived and some have come back, despite unsubstantiated FUD.

    2. Another brainwashed low information voter. The left-wing state run mainstream media in this country are akin to Nazis or communist propagandists! They’re all parrots for the Democrats, and an affront to democracy! Thank god for outlets like Rush and Fox News, or the only news we would get is left-wing slanted hyperbole!

  4. How come MDN posts from Rush always start the same and mention that “A November 2008 poll by Zogby International found that Rush Limbaugh was the most trusted news personality in the nation”? That’s almost 5 years ago.

    I don’t know if his analysis is correct. I don’t think many if not nost of the Pundits who constantly slam are “young and hip, pop culture hip.” To me, they seem to be mostly incredibly narcissitic hit-whores.

    1. Because if you do any research you’ll find that Zogby last did this poll… in 2008.
      They have not done it since. They did a similar one in 2011 for ONLY TV news. they did not put radio/internet in the poll.

      1. That doesn’t answer the question of WHY MDN mentions a poll from five years ago; why bother? Aren’t there other, more up-to-date polls about RL that could be cited, if one REALLY felt the need to?

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