Trying to be one of the cool kids

Photo: Jim Edwards/Business Insider

Those aren’t Macs.

The white sheep of the NBC family, CNBC, can’t escape the family DNA.

Recently, Business Insider made a visit to the CNBC news set and discovered that those MacBooks the anchors have in front of them … aren’t MacBooks. They’re Dell computers disguised as MacBooks.

Dell Latitude 2120s to be exact. Those come with an Atom processor and are around $500 for the Windows version (the Linux version is about $100 cheaper).

Is it that CNBC wants to be one of the cool kids and make people think they’re using Macs? Are they ashamed of their Dells? Can they not afford the $1199 MacBook Pro? Or the $999 MacBook Air?

Maybe it’s that since they’re part of the NBC family, they aren’t honest about reality. Just like NBC will spin news stories to look good to the left, maybe CNBC is trying to look good to their crowd.

A lot of the left loves Macs. To be fair, there are those on the right that love Macs, too; me included. But, generally, a lot of people associate Macs with the left.

Maybe that’s why they’re using fake Macs. Or, maybe it just fits in with NBC’s track record of fake news.

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  1. I don’t think they are trying to pretend to have Macs.

    There are two good reasons for them cover the laptops with a matte grey skin:
    1) if the laptop surface is shiny it could reflect the studio lights
    2) they probably feel that grey color is more photogenic than plain black.

    So I don’t think they are being disingenuous – I think they are being RACIST!!!!!1!!


  2. CNBC showed they were phony way back when they started separate phone lines for libs and conservatives (to be “fair”) because they were getting too many phone calls from conservatives.


  3. DamnCat:
    You may be on to something. If the showed the Dell Latitudes as they are, they’d be the only black anything on one of their news networks.


  4. What are the laptops used for other than a stage prop? A netbook running Windoze isn’t capable of looking up something on the Internet faster enough or reliable enough for live TV. Maybe they’re just dumb displays connected to the control room… or used as TelePrompTers.


  5. I’d be willing to bet $1 that they just have their “laptops” sitting there, open, so they look “connected” to every day people.

    Another question that popped into my head while reading this post is: What kind of computers do MSNBC anchors “use” on set. (Hint: The “MS” in MSNBC stands for Microsoft, at least it used to.) Are they loyal to their corporate overlords or are they just trying to be the cool kids and “using” Macs?



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