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Laurene Powell Jobs lands on Trump's tweet-attack list

Palo Altan is The Atlantic magazine's majority stakeholder

Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly on Oct. 13, 2017. Courtesy Artic Circle, obtained via Wikimedia Commons user A1Cafel under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

President Donald Trump focused his ire on one of Palo Alto's own on Sunday morning: Laurene Powell Jobs.

Powell Jobs and her nonprofit educational organization Emerson Collective, are the majority stakeholders in The Atlantic, the magazine that published an explosive story about Trump on Sept. 3. The story, written by Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, reported that Trump called American soldiers who died in war "losers" and "suckers," based on interviews with four anonymous sources with first-hand knowledge, according to the magazine. Multiple news organizations, including The Washington Post, CNN and Fox News, confirmed parts of the story with former senior officials. Trump has denied the allegations.

On Sept. 6, Trump commented on a tweet by Charlie Kirk, chairman of pro-Trump student group Trump Students. Kirk wrote that Powell Jobs had heavily donated to former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign and that she owns The Atlantic.

"Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine … and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE," Trump wrote in part. "Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!"

He also called Goldberg a "con man."

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Asked if Trump's tweet should be seen as a threat by CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources on Sunday, Goldberg said: "You know, I spent a lot of my career covering dictatorships in the Middle East, and so I'm familiar with this kind of discourse. It is a threat. It is meant to intimidate."

He added: "I would just say that we are not gonna be intimidated by the President of the United States. We're going to do our jobs, and I think that's true for a large number of outlets to his intense frustration, which comes out in these outbursts. It comes from the fact that unlike dictators in other countries, he cannot simply shut down media outlets that he doesn't like. It's our duty to continue to pursue the truth no matter what he says about us."

Powell Jobs could not immediately be reached for comment through the Emerson Collective, a social change organization that focuses on education, immigration reform, health, the environment and media and journalism.

The widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is ranked as the 30th richest person with a net worth of $33.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world's top 500 richest people. She purchased a majority stake in The Atlantic in 2017. She also owns a majority stake in Axios and Pop-Up Magazine, according to news reports.

In a 2019 interview with Recode's Kara Swisher at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco, Powell Jobs said she was investing in journalism because it is integral to the nation's democracy. She criticized attacks on the media by Trump and others like him.

"It's right out of a dictator's playbook," she said.

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Laurene Powell Jobs lands on Trump's tweet-attack list

Palo Altan is The Atlantic magazine's majority stakeholder

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Uploaded: Sun, Sep 6, 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 8:42 am

President Donald Trump focused his ire on one of Palo Alto's own on Sunday morning: Laurene Powell Jobs.

Powell Jobs and her nonprofit educational organization Emerson Collective, are the majority stakeholders in The Atlantic, the magazine that published an explosive story about Trump on Sept. 3. The story, written by Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, reported that Trump called American soldiers who died in war "losers" and "suckers," based on interviews with four anonymous sources with first-hand knowledge, according to the magazine. Multiple news organizations, including The Washington Post, CNN and Fox News, confirmed parts of the story with former senior officials. Trump has denied the allegations.

On Sept. 6, Trump commented on a tweet by Charlie Kirk, chairman of pro-Trump student group Trump Students. Kirk wrote that Powell Jobs had heavily donated to former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign and that she owns The Atlantic.

"Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine … and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE," Trump wrote in part. "Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!"

He also called Goldberg a "con man."

Asked if Trump's tweet should be seen as a threat by CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources on Sunday, Goldberg said: "You know, I spent a lot of my career covering dictatorships in the Middle East, and so I'm familiar with this kind of discourse. It is a threat. It is meant to intimidate."

He added: "I would just say that we are not gonna be intimidated by the President of the United States. We're going to do our jobs, and I think that's true for a large number of outlets to his intense frustration, which comes out in these outbursts. It comes from the fact that unlike dictators in other countries, he cannot simply shut down media outlets that he doesn't like. It's our duty to continue to pursue the truth no matter what he says about us."

Powell Jobs could not immediately be reached for comment through the Emerson Collective, a social change organization that focuses on education, immigration reform, health, the environment and media and journalism.

The widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is ranked as the 30th richest person with a net worth of $33.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world's top 500 richest people. She purchased a majority stake in The Atlantic in 2017. She also owns a majority stake in Axios and Pop-Up Magazine, according to news reports.

In a 2019 interview with Recode's Kara Swisher at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco, Powell Jobs said she was investing in journalism because it is integral to the nation's democracy. She criticized attacks on the media by Trump and others like him.

"It's right out of a dictator's playbook," she said.

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Shari Gift
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another community
on Sep 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm
Shari Gift, another community
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on Sep 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm
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Exactly! This is why I subscribe to The Atlantic. Thank You Laurene Powell Jobs


Chris Zaharias
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Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2020 at 8:26 am
Chris Zaharias, Crescent Park
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 8:26 am
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Documents from the Navy via FOIA about Trump's 2018 trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris clearly say his transport was canceled by the Navy due to rain.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 7, 2020 at 8:49 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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Some people do stupid things so that they are considered relevant. An article was printed that had no basis in any people who would reveal their names. Meanwhile the "other" people on the trip who do have names have said that the discussion did not take place. And a least one of those named people is not a fan of DT and could have kept quiet. Even he is disturbed by the type of wording used and the intent of the article. I suspect that she was talked into this and the wording used is more like a market tabloid. How unfortunate for her and the credibility of the magazine in question.


Hulkamania
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Sep 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm
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Is Trump jealous because she's worth 60 times what he is? More that likely.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 7, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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Every one is selling a book. I suspect that the Atlantic magazine is not doing well so time to boost the sales. If that is one of her assets and it is losing in circulation then that would be a problem for her.


Hulkamania
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 8, 2020 at 4:29 am
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 4:29 am
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The NY Times has some thoughts on the subject. Web Link


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 8, 2020 at 6:02 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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The NY Times hates DT. I subscribe to the NY Times. The SFC also hates DT. One has to look at the major shareholders of those news corporations. Carlos Slim - richest man in Mexico is a major shareholder in the NYT. He bailed them out. Note - he is not Mexican. He is a transplant from the break-up of the Turkish wars. You can check him out of wikipedia. The NYT keeps getting itself in trouble pushing editorial policies that are questionable.
The SFC is owned by the Hearst Corporation. They are the ones that have the giant palace down the coast.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 8, 2020 at 9:33 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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I get continually disgusted by the NYT and SFC. New York - the city has allowed itself to be taken over by idiots who have ruined it. San Francisco is on it's way to absorption in any and everything that tears down it's former glory - a beautiful city
that hangs on the irrelevant and forgoes taking care of the diverse facets of a big city on a major port. It is turning it's whole port system into a non-working, lack of recognition of what the whole point of being there is. If in doubt but a sports facility on the port lands - how often used now. A waste of time and energy.
And your current crop of legislators cow tow to all of this. Obviously there are people who are wanting to be part of that mix.


Me 2
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 9:48 am
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
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The Atlantic has always been a long-form version of an opinion page. And any content in those pages should evaluated as such. Like this doozy:

Web Link

Full of misrepresenting of science. If you're using The Atlantic as your source for well-researched data, I suggest looking elsewhere. It's only good for people looking to reinforce their preconceived notions.

The Trump stuff is meh. We all know what kind of person he is.

What concerns me is that stories like this drive bad public policy decisions by the higher-ups who use The Atlantic to summarize information for them. It's stories like this one that make you question everything that comes out under that masthead.


cmarg
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 10:44 am
cmarg, Palo Alto High School
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 10:44 am
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Thank you Atlantic for your journalism and thank you Laurene Powell Jobs. I am praying that this nation can heal and move on with real leadership versus ego. God willing, November and January will be here soon enough with a much needed change in the White House.

It is sad that there is such utter disregard for those who have convictions and have fought for our country.


Novelera
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm
Novelera, Midtown
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I have been a subscriber to The Atlantic (which used to be called The Atlantic Monthly IIRC) for many years. I currently have a digital subscription. The Atlantic has been around since 1857 and is a very respected publication. It's too bad that DJT is so thin skinned that he cannot just do what other presidents of the United States have done over the years, ignore criticism and show some dignity appropriate to the office they hold.


Online Name
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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@Resident 1-Adobe Meadows -- Are you forgetting that Rupert Murdoch is Australian with global media properties in the UK and elsewhere? I'm sure you know he's the owner of Fox "News" and other US media properties.

Before he bought Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, their motto was "Our Word is Our Bond." Since then Murdoch and News Corp have sued for the RIGHT to lie and they're banned in Canada BECAUSE of their lies and their incitement to violence.

DJT routinely gets upset with Fox for not being 100% in his corner when he and his surrogates are spewing their "alternate facts."


What Will They Do Next
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on Sep 8, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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@ OnlineName ...... yawn.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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on Sep 9, 2020 at 8:08 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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So how many people in the BLUE state read the WSJ or watch Fox News? Reading the opinion section of the NYT Paul Krugman writes an opinion piece that always ends with it is DT's fault. Since the city of NY is under siege maybe no one actually goes into work there. They do not go in because they may be beat up. We do not either but for different reasons. Now ours is air quality due to fires and covid.

The bottom line in most of these opinion pieces fail to recognize that there are governor's in each state and the majority of those governors do their own thing. In CA's case the AG has now wracked up over 100 law suits against the federal government and other states that do not share our "values". Does the Governor ever comment on all of the law suites - or is the AG independently in his own pursuit for future political advancement? Not going to make it if law suits are his platform.

While the AG is busy with his law suits the governor is blasting the federal government for not giving him more money. This despite that he has in the past proclaimed that CA is the 6th biggest economy in the world. And the governor is the keeper of the opening and closing of business and schools. There is a disconnect in who is responsible for what. But that is each parties game book - we all know the game book so just go in and do the job you are paid to do.

As to Pelosi's problems Mayor Breed blamed DT for her current predicament. This despite Mayor Breed is the person directing traffic on the opening and closing of business in the city. Sorry - the story lines are getting very old.

And yes - I do know who owns what in media world - I have files on that topic. I have relatives directly involved in the Washington Post back in the day. Today Mr. Amazon owns the paper. Media world is going through a lot of changes now - lots of selling of major chains to finance houses. So the boys behind the curtain are directing traffic - just like the Wizard of Oz.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 9, 2020 at 8:29 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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One can read up on the Atlantic Monthly on wikipedia. It has a wonderful beginning with notable authors of a non-political stripe. It has gone through many changes in ownership, most notably in 2017 bought by Lauren Powell Jobs. It became decidedly political at this point in time promoting Hilary Clinton for President and declaiming DT from his time onward as President. So that is her agenda and has been from the time of her purchase of the NY published magazine. Looks like the previous history of this magazine was noteworthy and relatively non-political - to what ever degree anything in NY is non-political. She has bought into the SLAM.


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