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Tech Blogs Start Noticing Media Bias

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RUSH: 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.  Now, all of these people -- I would venture to guess all of these people, they're relatively young, and I say the vast majority of 'em vote Democrat no matter how they divvy up on Apple, Samsung, Google. 

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?" 

It's a teachable moment out there.  Fascinating.  Study of the media is fascinating.  To watch the sports media, folks.  Because they're all liberal, they're all formulaic. They're all liberal by default.  They don't know anything else.  And you can predict, if you become familiar with it, with them, you read their stuff often enough, you can predict when something happens in the NFL, you can predict how 95% of the reporters are gonna take it and how they're gonna report on it.  You can predict, just like you can in news media.  It's incredible.  It's a fascinating study to me. 

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What are you pointing at?  Oh, okay, cool.  Snerdley is going to bring me a story.  Show prep, eh?  Okay.  He's gonna ask me if there's an uproar over this story that he just saw, which I don't yet know what it is.  Let me take a break.  We'll come back and we'll get back to your phones on this.  I just wanted to share this stuff with you, because I'm always looking, folks, for the way to break through.  I know it's there.  I know there is a way to break this hold that the media has on everybody.  It's an insurmountable thing in most people's minds, common sense says it'll never change, but because of ancillary events that take place within a smaller universe within the big one, there have to be ways of doing this.  And it would be crucially important.

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RUSH: An e-mail: "Rush, why don't you name some of these left-wing tech blogs you're talking about?"  Folks, I've thought about it, and there's nothing to be gained by it.  If I call 'em out, all they're gonna do is get happy that I'm giving them attention and elevating attention.  It's not gonna change them.  If I start naming people, the same thing.  It's one of these unfortunate things.  This program is so big that certain things I can't talk about because, believe me, these people do not need -- I know I'm making this all sound interesting, but they don't need to be bigger.  They don't need more readers.  The more readers they have, the more damage they would do.  And all I would do, if I mention them by name or by name of author is make 'em bigger and it would not accomplish here what I'm -- I know it's frustrating.  If this were just a local show in Podunk state, I could tell you everything, but it's the biggest show in media.  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.

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