Yet he is prepared to give the company the biggest tax break of them all
FORTUNE -- I don't know what to say about Tom Coburn, the pro-gun, pro-death penalty, anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, Southern Baptist deacon and junior senator from Oklahoma.As a congressman he protested NBC's 1997 broadcast of Schindler's List because its depiction of the Holocaust included "full-frontal nudity, violence and profanity." In 2007 he threatened to block two bills honoring the MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - May 2, 2012 11:06 AM ET
More heavy-handed behavior from the book world's 500-pound gorilla
FORTUNE -- Publishers who have had to deal with Amazon's (AMZN) arrogant reps know first hand the contempt with which they hold folks in the business of printing books on paper.
Now that the company is in the media's spotlight following the Justice Department's ass-backwards antitrust suit, the rest of us are getting a taste for how the book world's 500-pound gorilla operates.
The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 30, 2012 12:44 PM ET
The New York Times uses Apple as a lens to look at the loopholes in corporate tax codes
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL), like every other company in America, from Amazon (AMZN) to Google (GOOG), uses every loophole it can find -- and at least one it apparently invented -- to avoid paying a penny more than it has to in corporate taxes.
According to a front-page story in Sunday's New York Times, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 29, 2012 6:39 AM ET
With the world's mobile phone market at stake, what were Nokia and Microsoft thinking?
On Monday morning, the day after the U.S. launch of the Lumia 900 -- the device with which Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT) hope to challenge Apple's (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) Android's growing dominance of the global smartphone market -- I searched the Internet for photographs or videos of customers lining up to buy it.
I needn't have MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 9, 2012 7:19 AM ET
The re-burnishing of Apple's corporate image continues
Rob Schmitz gets his reward this week.
The China correspondent for American Public Media's Marketplace -- whose reporting exposed the lies in Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and who joined Ira Glass last month in Daisey's public humiliation on This American Life -- was given an exclusive tour inside an iPad factory, courtesy of Foxconn and Apple (AAPL) public relations.
He's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2012 8:13 AM ET
What part of "over 10 years" don't its editors understand?
The New York Times had a lot of fun with Tim Cooks' compensation package Sunday.
It led an article about excessive CEO pay with the rhetorical question: "Is any C.E.O. worth $1 million a day?" To which it responded: "At Apple, the answer ... is an emphatic yes."
Then, dubbing Cook "The 378 Million Man," it published a graphic comparing his total compensation MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2012 6:28 AM ET
Why did the company keep its silence, when it knew a year ago what we know now?
Mike Daisey began performing his off-Broadway monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" in January 2011. The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories that produce nearly half of the world's electronic devices, was presented as fact -- a description of what Daisey saw first MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 18, 2012 8:34 AM ET
A monologist who shined a harsh light on Apple has himself come under scrutiny
"Daisey lied to me," wrote This American Life executive producer Ira Glass Friday as he announced that his radio show was withdrawing its most popular episode -- an excerpt of Mike Daisey's off-Broadway show about Apple's (AAPL) labor practices in China -- and canceling a live presentation of Daisey's "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 4:28 PM ET
Is it a flash in the pan or one of those rare companies that defines an era?
Investors, analysts and business historians have been struggling in the weeks since Apple's (AAPL) most recent earnings report to make sense of this corporate oddity: a mega-cap company ($487.1 billion) that grows like a start-up (first quarter earnings up 115.7%).
Since November, when it pulled decisively away from Exxon Mobil (XOM), Apple has been the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 26, 2012 6:28 AM ET
Now even the New York Times is misusing the "law of large numbers"
We can forgive the talking heads on CNBC for blathering on about mathematical "laws" of which they are totally ignorant. What do they know?
But when James B. Stewart, a Pulitzer-prize winning professor of business journalism at Columbia University writes about Apple (AAPL) "running up against the law of large numbers" in the New York Times, it's time for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 25, 2012 11:18 AM ET
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