April Fools Day on the blogosphere always brings with it an assortment of jokes and spoofs that range from the annoyingly stupid to cleverly brilliant. Of course, there are always a never ending supply of moronic tech pundits who spew nonsense so consistently that you’d think every one of their posts is an April Fools Day goof.
Looking back over the past 12 months, Macalope took a look at some of the most egregious offenders when it comes to ass-backwards Apple analysis, irrational predictions, and downright foolish behavior. The list includes a number of the usual suspects, from Rob Enderle who ridiculously wrote that covert action from Apple is why companies like Palm and Microsoft are struggling, to Netgear CEO Patrick Lo who tastelessly wrote that Steve Jobs’ health will get the best of him in the very near future.
The list also includes entities like Consumer Reports who handled the iPhone 4 antenna issue with surprising amateurism. On what seemed like a daily basis, CR would come out with new reports and recommendations about the iPhone 4 that ultimately made it look like they were more concerned with ratcheting up pageviews than delivering honest reviews. And of course, how can you forget Gizmodo which had the pleasure of unveiling the most significant tech scoop in recent memory. But it’s not Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 scoop that warrants them a place on the list, it’s the way they attained the iPhone 4 and knowingly paid $10,000 for a device they knew was stolen. Moreover, the pompous behavior of Gizmodo editors like Brian Lam in the aftermath of antennagate was the antithesis of class. Specifically, Lam, somewhat sarcastically, called on Apple to take it easy on the Apple engineer who lost the iPhone 4. Further, Lam wrote a post directed at the aforementioned Apple engineer telling him that Gizmodo’s staff was cheering for him.
Rounding out the list is Adobe who frequently butted heads with Apple over issues like Flash, and a trifecta of disenfranchised pundits, from Dan Lyons to Joe Wilcox to Brett Arends and Katherine Noyes. Arends recently wrote a utterly confusing post detailing how the iPad’s true cost of ownership is $2,000 while Noyes has a penchant for ignoring reality and touting the security benefits of Android while she’s not busy calling tablets a marketing-based fad.
The entire 10-item list from the Macalope is thoroughly researched and well worth a read. Trust us, you’ll feel a lot smarter after having read it. Check it out over here.