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Topic: Eisner Calls Pixar's Steve Jobs "Shiite Muslim", Eisner reference to Jobs' extreme views< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Dec. 03, 2003 9:53 am/pm Quote

Drudge Report: Disney CEO Eisner Calls Steve Jobs "Shiite Muslim"
"Shiite Muslims" at Magic Kingdom?


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Mr. Drudge has a reputation for reporting on things that other, more traditional news outlets won't touch, and such is the case with an interesting tidbit concerning Steve Jobs' other job at Pixar.

According to the Drudge Report, Mr. Jobs was the object of some scorn from embattled Disney CEO Michael Eisner. That scorn took form as Mr. Eisner allegedly referring to the Pixar and Apple CEO as being a "Shiite Muslim." This was, according to second hand comments from the Drudge Report attributed to an outgoing Disney board member, a reference to Mr. Jobs having extreme views, as opposed to him actually being a Shiite Muslim. The blurb from the Drudge Report:

In hour-long interview with LA TIMES on Monday departing DISNEY board members Disney and Gold -- Gold claims 'Eisner called him and others -- including Pixar Chairman Steve Jobs -- 'Shiite Muslims.' Gold took that to mean that Eisner believed his critics were extreme in their views. A company spokeswoman said Eisner 'categorically denies' calling anyone a 'Shiite Muslim.' LA TIMES editors will not publish the 'Shiite' claim from Gold, newspaper sources tell DRUDGE. 'We didn't have solid enough grounds to put the statement in the newspaper,' Business Editor, Rick Wartzman, explained late Monday

This controversy comes in the middle of a boardroom fight between Mr. Eisner and dissenting board members who have become critical of the CEO's direction for Disney.

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Posted: Dec. 03, 2003 1:25 am/pm Quote

Pardon my smugness, but I can't help snickering at this bit of news. I'm not often sarcastic but right now this makes me really wish we had an icon showing a mouse sarcastically rolling his eyes in disgust if you know what I mean.

If this is true, it certainly either shows a strong lack of wisdom on Eisner's part to pull such a stunt in the middle of the current brohuhaha or a kingsized ego that believes it can get away with anything. How Eisner would believe that this sort of behavior would endear us Disney fans to his position at the moment is baffling - and I'm being kind when I say that.


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Posted: Dec. 03, 2003 3:20 am/pm Quote

FWIW Al Lutz' MiceAge and Rich's Disney Echo sites point to Matt Drudge's story, but as of 2:20 pm CST 12/3/03 there's nothing on the front page of the Drudge Report mentioning this story.  I don't doubt it was there, but time has moved on since whoever first saw it.

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Posted: Dec. 04, 2003 2:10 am/pm Quote

As Ludwig Von Drake would say: "Veeeeeery interesting!" :glare:

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Posted: Dec. 05, 2003 5:25 am/pm Quote

Al Lutz's link was to the front page of Matt Drudge's website, which is constantly updated.

If you go to Drudge's archives for Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, you'll find a link listed for this story. As you can see here:
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http://www.drudgereportarchives.com/goto/?getPage=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emacobserver%2Ecom%2Farticle%2F2003%2F12%2F02%2E8%2Eshtml&return=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Edrudgereportarchives%2Ecom%2Fdsp%2Flinks%5Frecap%2Ehtm
...it is an actual story on Drudge's website, and points to the article about it in "The Mac Observer."

Since Drudge himself points to the article and doesn't refute it, one can only assume that he stands by it.


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Posted: Dec. 05, 2003 10:54 am/pm Quote

For a while there I was wondering if someone at Disney somewhere had attempted to get that bit of news yanked off the internet or something :laugh:

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Posted: Dec. 11, 2003 4:04 am/pm Quote

Well, this is certainly one way to start contract negotiations. It is no wonder that, as reported on another thread, Pixar would rather be talking to Roy Disney. Last time I checked, respect for non-cast members was an essential part of the cast member handbook!  :eyebrow:

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