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WSJ editor's tweet enrages Apple's Jobs

February 8, 2010

Ryan Tate of Valleywag reports that a Twitter post by Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray while Apple CEO Steve Jobs was demonstrating the iPad to the paper’s staff upset the executive.

Tate reports, “The Journal‘s online executive editor Alan Murray quickly deleted the Feb. 4 tweet, which, it is now obvious, was issued during Apple CEO Jobs’ show-and-tell with select Journal staff. A tipster told us the deletion ultimately traces back to a furious Jobs. We asked Murray for comment, and he wrote back ‘I would love to talk about this, but can’t.’ In a later email, he added:

I will say that Apple’s general paranoia about news coverage is truly extraordinary— but that’s not telling you anything you didn’t already know.

“Indeed, Apple is a notoriously tight-lipped company, particularly under Jobs, and is constantly trying to control the flow of news about its product. Apple sued a teenaged blogger who published scoops about unreleased products; it lied about Jobs’ health problems; Jobs called a New York Times columnist a ‘slime bucket‘ for writing about said health problems; and an employee of key Apple contractor Foxconn had his apartment illegally searched after losing an iPhone prototype (he later committed suicide amid intense pressure from his employer).”

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