Aaron Sorkin’s movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs goes into general release today. We are into “Oscar season,” and Sorkin hopes to impress the Hollywood maids and butlers who actually do the voting for the doddering members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
A couple of weeks ago, current Apple CEO Tim Cook took potshots at any and all who would capitalize on Jobs’ life and legend, calling them “opportunistic.”
When The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Ritman asked about that at a press junket, Mr. Sorkin fired back, saying he and others had taken pay cuts to bring the biopic in on budget.
“Nobody did this movie to get rich,” he said. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.”
Then, the kill shot.
“Third, 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.”
Mr. Sorkin, who created liberal fave “The West Wing” and other TV series, later apologized and started scribbling Oscar acceptance remarks. He won for best adapted screenplay in 2011 for “The Social Network” and was nominated in the same category the next year for “Moneyball.”
Early reviews of “Steve Jobs” from plugged-in critics have been good, so Mr. Sorkin has a chance for that second Oscar, depending on what The Help think.
To those wondering why this story rated little media attention: It’s because … because … well, when liberals get into a spat, it’s just not news, because all real news needs a right-wing bad guy. At least that’s the way many alleged U.S. journalists see things.