Republican Congressional hopeful Ari David is livid that Apple has rejected his iPhone app due to “defamatory statements” about his competition, Democrat Henry Waxman.
As you can see not only are none of the statements defamatory, they are all factual.
By denying me this application Apple is now making an in-kind contribution to Henry Waxman by denying his competitor a modern tool for political communication. They are stifling my right to free political speech and they are carrying water for the Obama administration.
Let’s take a look at a few of these “factual” statements, though.
SUPPORTED Cap & Trade legislation that would have brought us $7 a gallon gas and as President Obama has stated would make electricity rates “necessarily sky rocket.” (This one is well known considering that Waxman sponsored the bill in the House and President Obama is famous for making the statement about the need under his plan for “skyrocketing” electricity rates).
Now, maybe I’m using a different definition of “fact” than Mister David, but where the hell did that “$7 a gallon gas” thing come from? Is that a fact? No, it’s a prediction, and an obviously cynical, worst-case prediction about one of the potential side effects should Cap&Trade pass.
VOTED AGAINST missile defense funding, which jeopardized the US and Israel (Waxman is famous for voting against missile defense program funding going all the way back to 1983 when Reagan first proposed the SDI system).
SDI was a boondoggle in the 1980s and it’s a boondoggle today. Missile defense has never been successfully tested. So if it doesn’t work, how does defunding it “jeopardize” anyone?
Apple was right to reject this app, and politicians—on either side—need to get used to the idea that the same lies and half-truths they get away with on TV won’t work in this market. Try telling the truth, Ari, and see how far you get.