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Aaron (‘Steve Jobs’) Sorkin takes a swipe at Apple’s Tim Cook

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Cook and SorkinPhotographs by Getty Images

Tim Cook probably should have screened this season’s two Steve Jobs movies—Alex Gibney’s little documentary and Aaron Sorkin’s big-budget work of fiction—before dismissing them out of hand on national television.

“I haven’t seen them, but the Steve I knew was an amazing human being,” Cook told Stephen Colbert last week. “I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this; it’s not a great part of our world.”

Sorkin probably should have checked his facts—and his inner-Mike Daisey—before snapping back (according to the Hollywood Reporter):

“If you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.”

Really? Children? 17-cents an hour? Even Mike Daisy doesn’t believe that anymore.

Cook may have painted with too broad a brush, but the screenwriter’s response sounds like something one his characters would say. A character trying to stir up a little publicity.

Below: The latest trailer for Sorkin’s Steve Jobs.

https://youtu.be/1tocDYW4hvk

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