Skip to comments.Steve Jobs ordered Apple ads off Fox News
Posted on 05/07/2013 9:47:25 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Add another one to the man's list of prudent business decisions.
As relates to his previously documented loathing of Fox News, it's now known that the late Steve Jobs backed up his harsh words by wisely withholding Apple's advertising dollars, according to an upcoming book about the 2012 presidential campaign.
The book's author, Jonathan Alter, a Bloomberg political columnist and contributor to MSNBC, tells of Jobs "personally ordering that Apple ads be removed from Fox News," according to a blog post in the New York Times over the weekend. Alter's book, "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies," is scheduled to hit stores June 4.
That the Apple co-founder held Fox News in low regard has been publicly known since the publication of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography in October 2011. Here's the key passage recounting a conversation Jobs had with Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., which owns Fox News:
"You're blowing it with Fox News," Jobs told him over dinner. "The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you've cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you're not careful." Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. "Rupert's a builder, not a tearer-downer," he said. "I've had some meetings with (Murdoch's son) James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell."
While there's little reason to believe Jobs was right about the Murdochs' reticence, his decision to protect the invaluable Apple brand from being tarnished by association with Fox News was one that others would do well to emulate today. A quick look at FoxNews.com shows the likes of Sprint, Nuance, Mercedes-Benz, Nstar and New Relic failing to take the same care with their corporate names.
And another Fox advertiser, curiously enough, is the Public Broadcasting System ... but at least PBS may have something of a valid reason to do business with an organization that is dedicated to seeing public television destroyed: PBS is advertising its upcoming miniseries called "Constitution USA" hosted by Peter Sagal. Now if only those who run and watch Fox News would actually watch.
(Update: An anonymous commenter on Reddit offers: "I'm a media buyer and I know that MANY blue chip companies have Fox News on their do-not-use list including a couple of Apple's biggest competitors.")
But before the Steve Jobs fan club here jumps all over me, let me just add what a fine, exemplary specimen of humanity he was.
Was he even an engineer? Wasn’t he just a marketing guy?
Steve Jobs is dead. In Hillary’s immortal words, “What difference does it make?”
Apple: a computer so dumbed down even a liberal can use it.
...with apologies to Geico automobile insurance.
Steve Jobs - he’s dead.
I wonder what he thought about Rush Limbaugh?-
Rush is the biggest shill for apple products-EVER-
I always wondered if Apple was paying him...
Limbaugh’s many Mac endorsements didn’t seem to bother him.
Bigots are liberals, and liberals are bigots. You can see that EVERY DAY.
Soooooooo smart of Jobs to keep a few advertising dollars off the largest cable news network in the country. Really a winning strategy, letting your emotions dictate your business decisions.
Corporatists hate personal liberty.
Ah, that makes using Apple products for conservative purposes even sweeter... take that Stevie!
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal must have been ticked. I detest Fox news myself. They have been compromised... or bought. I prefer Apple over Windows. Windows 8 is as bad as windows vista. My next machine will be Linux.
Alter’s book, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” is scheduled to hit stores June 4.
It always interests me when ‘Progressives’ tell us where the ‘Center’ is. Every society decides what ‘code’ they will support and defend. When the culture shifts towards the historical destruction that liberalism carries with it, you won’t find many Producers willing to assist in its suicide.
and bill gates and wife gave money to every organiation BUt Christian ones- makign a point of makign it absolutely clesar they woudl never support Christian organizations apparently-
I could care less what Jobs OR Fox News think I should buy, I ignore all commercials anyhow.
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