Rush Limbaugh claims high-tech bloggers 'hate' Apple

Right-wing radio host says Apple are the Republican party of the tech world, while Google and Samsung are the Democratic party

Motormouth right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has deigned to comment on the world of technology blogging, pronouncing that the media is biased against Apple in the same way that mainstream media is biased against the Republicans.

Limbaugh told listeners on Friday's show that reading high-tech and gadget blogs is a hobby of his, but like mainstream media, alternative media lacks conservative voices.

"I would venture to say that nine out of 10 bloggers writing high-tech hate Apple," said Limbaugh. "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."

Limbaugh referred to recent stories measuring performance of Android to iOS devices.

"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 … 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."

Limbaugh acknowledged that most of this generation would probably vote Democrat, and think Republicans are "aliens from Mars, racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes". And he claimed biased reporting in the tech sector reflected anti-Republican bias in America's mainstream media.

"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."

When asked to name the biased liberal blogs, Limbaugh refused. "If I call 'em out, all they're gonna do is get happy that I'm giving them attention and elevating attention … And put these little chumps on the map and they'd never be bigger, but it wouldn't change, just make 'em snarkier and ruder. Just the way things work."

Limbaugh's interpretation of America's technology scene will be received with amusement by the largely Democrat tech community.

Obama's election campaigns in 2008 and 2012 famously employed a string of A-list developer talent from firms including Google, Facebook and Twitter, and even opened an office in Silicon Valley for volunteer engineers.

More recently, an internal Republican committee criticised shortfalls in the digital side of the 2012 Mitt Romney campaign. Republicans are now setting up a multi-million dollar project to gather information on voters and raise funds, to include an office and team based in Silicon Valley.


Jemima Kiss

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Tech Weekly podcast: 2011 review

Aleks Krotoski is joined by Charles Arthur and TechCrunch Europe's editor Mike Butcher to look back at social media's influence on protest and revolution, the death of Steve Jobs, and the fortunes of Google, Apple, Microsoft, HP, RIM and Nokia

Presented by Aleks Krotoski and produced by Scott Cawley

20, Dec, 2011 @6:13 PM

Article image
Apple marketing chief attacks Android before Samsung launch
Apple's Phil Schiller says Android operating system isn't as good as iPhone and phone services 'don't work seamlessly together'. By Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur

14, Mar, 2013 @2:46 PM

Article image
Google's Motorola takeover could trigger fresh patents battle with Apple

European Commission and US Department of Justice warn about potential abuse of Motorola's patent strength as new battles loom over Android and iPhone. By Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur, technology editor

14, Feb, 2012 @12:01 AM

Article image
iPhone 5 launch date rumours swirl with invitation to Apple event

Invite shows the number 12 casting a shadow of the number five with launch believed to reveal radical changes to smartphone. By Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur

05, Sep, 2012 @7:40 AM

Article image
Samsung Galaxy S4 launch marks latest skirmish in firm's battle with Apple
South Korean firm brings hostilities to iPhone maker's home shores by debuting its latest smartphone in New York

David Batty

15, Mar, 2013 @1:23 AM

Article image
iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch to 'brighten everyone's day', says Apple

Apple will launch top-end iPhone 5S and cheaper iPhone 5C in an event to be shown to a select group in China

Charles Arthur, technology editor

09, Sep, 2013 @10:05 AM

Article image
Google's Larry Page takes a swipe at Facebook and Apple
Google chief says Facebook 'doing a really bad job with its products' and iPhone maker's product range is 'unsatisfying'. By Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur

18, Jan, 2013 @10:56 AM

Article image
Apple looks for US ban on eight Samsung phones – and could snare Galaxy S3

iPhone maker's legal move following court ruling could hit rival's flagship phone, as analysts warn of effect on Android. By Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur and agenies

28, Aug, 2012 @8:55 AM

Article image
Wi-Fi security, multiple sim cards and tablet pics – tech questions answered
How can you use public Wi-Fi and keep your data secure? Is it possible to get one account for all your devices; and how can you get pictures from a tablet onto a PC?

Daniel Tomlinson

12, Oct, 2014 @5:00 AM

Article image
Apple lets parents down over in-app purchases, says EU
Apple hits back at claim it has offered 'no concrete and immediate solutions' to problem of unauthorised spending. By Stuart Dredge

Stuart Dredge

18, Jul, 2014 @2:25 PM