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Cavuto and Fox News Say iPhone Sales Doubleplusungood

In the interest of a Cavuto-bashing hat trick, I had to comment on this little tidbit about Fox News altering the transcript of commentary that was aired on the network in which Neil Cavuto attempted to take Apple to task for disappointing iPhone sales.  In the process of his commentary, Cavuto made several mis-statements.  the Fox News web site says of the corrected transcript “This is the correct copy that was read on air.”  The corrected transcript is not what I have heard was actually said on the air, and it STILL contains incorrect information.

From Daring Fireball:

Where he was previously quoted as saying:

Lo and behold, we’re told 146,000 iPhones were activated in the day
and a half between the phone’s launch and the most recent quarter’s end.

He is now quoted as saying:

Lo and behold, we’re told 270,000 iPhones were sold
in the day and a half between the phone’s launch and the most recent
quarter’s end – trouble is only about 146,000 were actually activated.

The transcript still claims Apple had projected “half a million”
opening weekend sales (they didn’t), and still uses the adjective
“hotsy-totsy”.

I will admit upfront that I did not see the initial commentary made by Mr. Cavuto.  I also have not been able to find a video of the commentary on-line.  I’m taking Daring Fireball and the commentators of MacBreak Weekly at their word, and I have little reason not to do so.  Cavuto initially ignored the fact that Apple actually sold 270,000 iPhones in the first few days of sales.  Considering the issues many early adopters had activating their phones in those first days, this is not an unusual disparity between number of phones sold and the number activated.  Also, no doubt many people bought multiple phones as gifts, to sell on eBay, etc.  It’s important to keep in mind that there were only 30 hours of the second quarter in which the iPhone was actually available for sale.

The transcript still includes a claim that Apple had projected the sale of 500,000 iPhones in the first weekend of sales.  This is utterly and totally false.  Neither Apple nor AT&T, to the very best of my knowledge, projected any sales volumes before the phone was launched.  The closest data to a unit sales projection I had seen for the iPhone in the weeks leading up to the launch was that each AT&T-owned retail outlet would have a total of 20 iPhones available for sale, and that no numbers were available on iPhones available at each Apple store.  I can speak from my own experience of almost buying an iPhone at an AT&T store that the location at Potomac Yard in Alexandria, VA had way more than 20 iPhones for sale.  If anything Apple and AT&T seemed to be setting expectations of iPhone shortages in the early days of the launch.  So, wrong again, Mr. Cavuto.

It’s in my nature… I’m a scorpion

I have to admit that I am in the doldrums that News Corp. seems set to win the Wall Street Journal. As a long time subscriber of wsj.com and an admirer of the paper it’s sad to know that we’ll soon be seeing the vitriol of the print equivalents of O’Reilly and Cavuto on the pages of this venerable paper.

There is an angel that sits on my shoulder that says I shouldn’t be so cynical… Murdoch is promising editorial independence and whatnot.  The truth is that I expect once the hubub from the acquisition has died down we’ll being to see the slow transition.  As Marge Simpson (yes, I know that the show is on Fox) said, “Fox turned into a hard-core porn network so gradually, I didn’t even notice!”

While I’m clearly a fan of some of the programming on the Fox network (hence the avatar and the abundant Simpsons quotes), the journalistic integrity of Fox News is just such a joke.  Actually, the journalistic integrity of all of the conglomerate-owned news outlets is highly questionable on a good day.  It’s a sad, sad day.