Conservative radio jock Rush Limbaugh has discovered the existence of bloggers and determined they hate Apple and, thusly, Republicans.
Limbaugh reckoned love for Android, Google and Samsung is the only thing that can explain why bloggers have been laying into the iPhone and iPad maker lately. Nine out of 10 tech bloggers are biased against Apple, Limbaugh predicted based on absolutely no factual data whatsoever and without having met "a blogger".
Limbaugh is the most popular radio host in the US and his audience of millions are known as “ditto heads” for subscribing to their leader’s views.
Limbaugh added that the bloggers are probably Democrats, "most of them think they're young and hip, pop culture hip, that's high-tech, of course it would be".
Republicans to them, he says, “must seem like aliens from Mars, racists, sexists [and] bigot homophobes.”
Here's the "theory": Apple is just like the Republican party in that the latter is a victim of a cruel bias in the “mainstream” media while Apple is similarly trashed online by bloggers, we're told. So, according to Limbaugh, Apple fans are getting at a taste of what it’s like to be a Republican.
That’s the theory, anyway, and it’s all one big “teachable moment” for poor young Apple-backing bloggers such as John Gruber of Daring Fireball.
According to a transcript published on Limbaugh's website, here: “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.”
The portly pundit continued: “Pro-Samsung and Google, Android guys are faking data, faking news to make it look bad for Apple when it really isn't.”
The host declined to say which blogs had been “ripping Apple to shreds,” but he seems to have been told by one of his show’s researchers about how some blogs earlier this year had mindlessly picked up and recited some suspect sales data that wrongly said Google’s Nexus 7 beat the iPad in Japan.
In March 2012, tech companies were among advertisers who abandoned his programme after he attacked Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke for calling on employers to include contraception in medical insurance provided by employers – he went on to apologise for the remark.
Among his pet theories: the Obama-government-controlled US meteorological office in 2012 predicted that a hurricane was going to hit Tampa, Florida, to put the frighteners on Republican party members heading to their national convention in the city, and smart meters “give government the power to wirelessly control your heat, your air conditioning, your water flow, your electricity all from the cozy central office." ®