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posted by cmn32480 on Monday April 06 2015, @10:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the hypocrisy-knows-no-bounds dept.

David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. “When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” Fiorina said. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.”

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels the Silicon Valley, a place where I worked for a long time, and lectures Silicon Valley companies on women's rights in technology, and yet sees nothing wrong with taking money from the Algerian government, which really denies women the most basic human rights. This is called, Sean, hypocrisy." While Hillary Clinton hasn't directly addressed Fiorina's criticisms, her husband has. “You’ve got to decide, when you do this work, whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country,” former president Bill Clinton said in March. “And I believe we have done a lot more good than harm. And I believe this is a good thing.”

 
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  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday April 06 2015, @04:45PM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday April 06 2015, @04:45PM (#167037) Journal

    The examples Fiorina cites seem pretty weak. Cook is a citizen of the US and as such, has a personal interest in the political landscape here. He is not a citizen of these other countries and while those countries may have terrible policies, it is neither his duty nor his right to interfere. That's basically part of the US' problem -- it feels it has the right to interfere anywhere in the world.

    It is a valid point to say he could stop doing business in those countries, but sucking money out of other countries for little baubles doesn't help those countries' economies -- it is a drain on them. Plus, the nature of Apple's products provide some opportunity for subversion -- more so than Levis to Moscow.

    As for the HRC examples, HRC is a politician with direct access to the power apparatus so who she takes bribes from is terribly important and newsworthy. But that's a separate issue from Cook.

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