According to The Guardian, CNBC is said to have banned Newsweek’s technology columnist, Dan “I Used to Pretend I Was Steve Jobs in a Blog, But I’m Really Just a Royal Asshole” Lyons, after he pitched a hissy fit on-air over Steve Job’s announcement that he was taking a six-month medical leave of absence yesterday (the worst of Lyons’ behavior is near the end of the clip):
MacDailyNews Take: Jim Goldman really has too much integrity to be subjected to that sort of treatment from some horribly maladjusted orifice who has no idea what the word even means. Throughout this story – for years – Goldman has routinely reported what he knew at the time and was working to find out – and confirm – even more information; in fact, it was Goldman himself who may have helped to push Jobs to take his medical leave of absence. Lyons, on the other hand, was proclaiming “If Steve Jobs is still running Apple at year-end (2008), I’ll be shocked.”
Well, Dan, you were wrong. Too bad you weren’t being literal; maybe it would’ve knocked some sense into you for a change. Jobs was running Apple on New Year’s Day 2009 and he continues to do so as Apple’s CEO even during his medical leave of absence: “As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out.”
Newsweek made the downgrade of the century when they lost the respected Steven Levy (who left the also-ran newsweekly for Wired) and tried to fill that gaping void with a walking, talking gaping void with a bad haircut: the smirking, cackling, nasty asshole Dan Lyons.
CNBC made the right decision in banning Lyons who seems to be pissed off at the world for something. Our guess is that Lyon’s is upset because he’s finally half figured out that he’s too stupid and/or lazy to have monetized and continued his well-trafficked “Fake Steve Jobs” blog for himself.