Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn’t come within a mea or a culpa of apologizing for his assertion Thursday that women should avoid asking for a raise, yet countless media outlets are reporting that he has in fact done so.
- Business Insider: “Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Apologizes: ‘If You Think You Deserve A Raise, You Should Just Ask.’”
- Christian Science Monitor: “Satya Nadella apologizes: What's Microsoft's record on women?”
- The Times of India: “Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for saying 'women don't need to ask for a raise.'”
- The Daily Mail: “Microsoft CEO apologizes for telling women not to ask for raises and instead put their trust in KARMA.”
There are countless more, despite the fact that Nadella has not apologized.
He did cop to being “inarticulate” in a tweet posted once criticism of his remarks began to gain steam. Saying he was inarticulate is the polar opposite of apologizing, as it asks that we believe he didn’t mean what he stated clearly and clearly meant.
In a subsequent message to Microsoft employees, issued after the matter had reached a full public relations boil, Nadella admitted that he was “completely wrong.” But he did not apologize.
Maybe Microsoft’s lawyers advised him not to go that far.
Or maybe he didn’t feel the need to do so.
If the latter, he ought to think it through again.
In any case, the media ought to stop reporting something that didn’t happen.