Ex-GE CEO Jack Welch Quits Reuters Because Of Tweet Backlash

There have been plenty of repercussions of people taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations, most involving either athletes (and other athletes…and more athletes), political activists or politicians themselves – but the latest Twitter snafu happened to a certain Mr. Jack Welch, arguably one of the top CEOs of all time.

Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, has quit his writing position at Reuters and Fortune due to some negative responses he received after sending a tweet.

Yes, you read that correctly: this titan of industry quit because of some Twitter teasing.

On Friday, Welch sent the following tweet:

“Unbelievable jobs numbersthese Chicago guys will do anythingcan’t debate so change numbers.”

The White House responded to this tweet, calling it “ludicrous” that Welch would imply that the administration would rig the September job figures to ostensibly recover from Obama’s perceived loss at last week’s presidential debates.

But it wasn’t just the White House that found this tweet ridiculous. Over 2,000 other Twitter users retweeted it, with many more adding their comments comparing Welch to Donald Trump and Clint Eastwood, both of whom made some serious political missteps in recent months.

Following this Twitter-based criticism and some negative coverage from Reuters, Bloomberg reports that Welch threw in the towel and quit both Reuters and Fortune.

Welch will now write for the Wall Street Journal instead, saying that “in terms of traction, it’s just a better fit…”

As Bloomberg notes, this was not the first time that Welch criticized the Obama administration on his Twitter account. It was, however, arguably the most criticism Welch had received post-tweet.

Do you think he overreacted to the Twitter criticism? Let us know in the comments below.

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