The Macalope Daily: Self-covering tracks

The Macalope has long said that being a pundit means never having to say you’re sorry. Today he’s here to provide the evidence.

We haven’t heard much from him lately, but you all remember The Street’s Scott Moritz, right? Perhaps Scott moved on to greener pastures or perhaps he died from utter shame about being wrong all the time about Apple. Whatever the case, the Macalope went back to review some of Scott’s greatest hits and found that some had gone missing.

“5 Big Blemishes for the iPhone 4”? Dead.

“Apple Faces A Cold Christmas”? 86-ed.

“Apple’s Netbook Foray Will Flop”? You can actually still read the first couple of paragraphs of that one, but The Street actually has the temerity to ask if you want to pay to read the rest.

With paragraphs like this, perhaps they get people paying to read the rest for sheer comedic value:

One prediction: The Apple tablet, instead of being a stunning iPhone-like innovation, will probably end up with a fate more like the MacBook Air. Remember that blade-thin metal-design, $2,400 laptop? It’s sitting at No. 52 on the Amazon bestselling notebook list. The tablet will be lucky to fall anywhere in the top 100.

Wow! Not only has hindsight proved Scott wrong about the iPad, it has also proved him wrong about the Air. Hindsight really hates Scott Moritz. Which is understandable.

People frequently wonder why we Apple bloggers bother taking these silly, silly pundits to task. Well, it’s apparent their editors aren’t going to, and when many of their atrocities against humanity fall down the memory hole, it’s uncertain if history will give a full accounting unless we make note of them.

There’s nothing nefarious about this deep-sixing. It’s all due either to the fact that these are older posts that have been removed because of a site conversion or an expiration of terms, or because they were given a mercy killing. What The Street really needs is an algorithm that will force its pieces to expire as it becomes more and more obvious how intensely stupid they were. (DELETE articles WHERE author = ‘Scott Moritz’)

Because you can still read Moritz’s stupidest piece: Apple: Sell Before the Fall”

The Macalope thought it would be fun to review this Moritz classic. See, in March of 2010, when Apple was trading below 200, Moritz advised everyone to drop the stock. It’s the advice that gets progressively dumber as time goes on. It’s recursively dumb.

Just for fun, let’s take a quick look at how Apple’s trading right now and see just how bad Scott’s advice was and OH MY GOD, THAT WAS SOME SERIOUSLY BAD ADVICE.

Well. Scott’s probably a pretty good golfer, right?

[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]

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