Oracle CEO to Fortune Reporter: ‘Hey Jerk…your job is telling half-truths’


Here is one way to voice an opinion on a news story. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wasn’t happy with an item written about him in Fortune that referenced his personal life.

So he took to email and sent this message to the reporter, Philip Elmer-DeWitt:

From: Larry Ellison

Subject: Hey Jerk

Date: August 11, 2010 1:00:55 PM EDT


Adelyn Lee went to jail for a year for falsely accusing me of sexual harassment. Why did you leave that out of your story you scum bag? Let me guess…your job is telling half-truths. Fortune Magazine must be very proud of you.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for corrections or reaching out to a reporter to follow up on a story. However, some are saying this goes too far. What do you think? Also: Is Ellison no longer taking the advice of Brooke Hammerling?