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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?”
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