The right-wing zombies (walking dead) at CNBC hate Obama. I didn't realize Cook was so close to Barry, but that explains a lot about why the Crooked Network of the Biased and Clueless has been slamming AAPL for months. That, plus the fact that Apple doesn't advertise with them.
CNBC are all hardcore repubs and many, not all, AAPL retail investors are not. Repubs HATE the thought of "hippies" getting rich. I presume most hedgefund mgrs are repubs and delight in shorting AAPL as often and as hard as possible. This isn't new news.