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Did Steve Jobs call Mark Fiore a liar?
I was sent the following transcript from an appearance by Steve Jobs to D8 where he was interviewed about Apple and its products. During the interview, he mentioned Mark Fiore’s animated editorial cartoon app. He later mentioned when apps are rejected, “people lie” about the rejection to get press attention. Here is the transcript section in question.
7:19PM Steve: We’re doing the best we can, we’re fixing mistakes. But what happens is — people lie. And then they run to the press and tell people about this oppression, and they get their 15 minutes of fame. We don’t run to the press and say “this guy is a son of a bitch liar!” — we don’t do that.
7:18PM Walt: So what happened with this candidate?
Steve: We had a rule that said you can’t defame other people.
Kara: Determined by your app people.
Steve: Yes… and political cartoons got caught in that. We didn’t think of that. So this guy submits his app and he gets rejected. We didn’t see that coming. So we changed the rule, but this guy never resubmitted… then he wins a Pulitzer Prize, and he says we rejected him. So, we are guilty of making mistakes. We’re doing the best we can, we’re learning as fast as we can — but we thought this rule made sense.
In fairness, a couple of things ought to be pointed out before Jobs gets blasted for calling Mark a liar. The first is, is this a word for word transcript or a summation by engadget? Is Jobs talking generally abuot developers who run to the press or just Mark? And lastly, when reviewing the chronology of events, Mark never ran to the press. He mentioned, almost off-handedly, that his app had been rejected and that part of the interview went viral.