Media Moves

Bloomberg says it will stand by journalist in obit snafu

August 29, 2008

Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post writes Friday about the prepared obituary of Apple CEO Steve Jobs that was briefly published by Bloomberg News, quoting a company spokeswoman as defending the editor who let it happen.

BloombergWhitehouse writes, “Still, the timing couldn’t have been worse as the draft obit, which a reader sent to gawker.com, comes amid rampant speculation about Jobs’ health following sightings earlier this year of him looking thin.

“Bloomberg has yet to identify the person behind the slip-up, but fingers have pointed to James Greiff, a high-ranking columns editor in charge of obits and letters to the editor.

“Greiff declined to comment, and Czelusniak didn’t respond to requests for comment about Greiff’s role.

“Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief Matt Winkler is infamous for his impatience with gaffes, but Czelusniak said chatter that heads would roll is ‘nonsense,’ adding, ‘We stand behind our employees.'”

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