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Who loved Steve Jobs more?

October 22, 2015, 5:19 PM UTC
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Steve Jobs the movie opens nationwide tomorrow, and emotions are running high.

On Wednesday, Walt Mossberg, Jobs’ old pal from the Wall Street Journal, spoke for friends and family with a critique in Re/Code that mixed outrage with self-promotion.

“Unlike [screenwriter Aaron] Sorkin, I did know the real Steve Jobs, for about 14 years—the most productive and successful 14 years of his career running Apple, Inc. I spent scores of hours in private conversations with him over those years, and interviewed him numerous times onstage at a tech conference I co-produced. And the Steve Jobs portrayed in Sorkin’s film isn’t the man I knew.”

(“Thank you @waltmossberg for caring about the difference between fact and fiction,” tweeted Laurene Powell, Jobs’ widow.)

On Thursday, as if in response, Universal, the studio that produced the film, released a panel discussion on YouTube that mixed promotion with protestations of love and respect. It stars screenwriter Sorkin, director Danny Boyle, and all the principal actors: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels.

I recommend that you read Mossberg before you watch the video. Or better still, go see the movie and form your own opinion.

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