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  • Fox Business Network Apologizes for 'Bigot' Comment Made About Apple CEO Tim Cook


    It was reported that Fox Business Network recently apologized to Apple CEO Tim Cook for a commentator remark made early last week. Apparently guest Bernard McGuirk on Imus in the Morning called Cook a ‘bigot hypocrite’ for his views on the Indiana and Arkansas religious freedom laws. Business Insider was able to get a copy of the transcript and McGuirk stated the following on the show:

    You have this hypocrite, this bigot hypocrite, Tim Cook, who is running his mouth about the whole thing. He sells products to Iran. He sells products to Saudi Arabia where they execute people if they’re gay.
    McGuirk said on the show that Cook should stop selling the company’s products in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. The exact words were:

    Gay rights and religious freedom are not mutually exclusive. They both can exist in the same universe and compromises have to be made. That’s just the way we work things out in this country. Tim Cook has to put his money where his mouth is. If he really feels that way stop marketing Apple products in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Nigeria where they not only dump on women and treat them as second class citizens but as I said they would execute gay people.
    However, Fox anchor Dagen McDowell delivered an on-air apology to the well respected CEO claiming they don’t believe Cook is a bigot in any way. The apology was as follows:

    Earlier this week on the Imus in the Morning radio program, which is simulcast on this network, there was a comment made calling Apple CEO, Tim Cook, a bigot. The Fox Business Network would like to make it clear that we in no way believe that. Mr. Cook runs a company that is an American success story and Apple has become a worldwide brand.
    Previous HP CEO Carly Fiorina also criticized Cook recently, noting that he would have to stop selling products in 90% of the markets he’s in if he was really concerned about the way some of the countries treat women and Gay people. What are your thoughts on this matter? Share with us in the comments below.

    Source: Business Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fox Business Network Apologizes for 'Bigot' Comment Made About Apple CEO Tim Cook started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Did see an actual apology anywhere in the blurb. They simply stated the viewe person who said it are not reflected by Fox in general. That's not an apology; that's a disclaimer.

      "Previous HP CEO Carly Fiorina also criticized Cook recently, noting that he would have to stop selling products in 90% of the markets he’s in if he was really concerned"

      Including the United States, but not condoning a law and discontinuing operations in a state/country based on a law are two different things. She says he is a hypicrite for speaking out against a law in Indiana while selling products in other countries. those two thiings are not equal therefore there is not real hypocricy. If he said Apple was pulling out of Indiana over it then that would be hypocricy.
    1. Kotin6006's Avatar
      Kotin6006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Did see an actual apology anywhere in the blurb. They simply stated the viewe person who said it are not reflected by Fox in general. That's not an apology; that's a disclaimer.

      "Previous HP CEO Carly Fiorina also criticized Cook recently, noting that he would have to stop selling products in 90% of the markets he’s in if he was really concerned"

      Including the United States, but not condoning a law and discontinuing operations in a state/country based on a law are two different things. She says he is a hypicrite for speaking out against a law in Indiana while selling products in other countries. those two thiings are not equal therefore there is not real hypocricy. If he said Apple was pulling out of Indiana over it then that would be hypocricy.
      Including the United States indeed.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      If he said Apple was pulling out of Indiana over it then that would be hypocricy.
      Thats what he thinks Tim Cook said. There is a shocking amount of people who are regurgitating the false information that Tim Cook threatened to start closing Apple stores in Indiana if the law wasn't changed.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      CEO's and Screen Actors should keep their big mouths shut. We like them for their art/products.. They sound like buffoons when they start talking politics. Sell your stuff, Tim, and keep your mouth shut..

      Though I'll agree that McGuirk on Fox, should know better than to "call names"..