Oct 9 Jack Welch, the former chairman of General
Electric who sparked an outcry with a tweet last week
suggesting the White House manipulated job numbers for political
gain, is no longer writing for Reuters or Fortune.
Welch, who co-wrote a column with his wife Suzy Welch, said
he is terminating the contract because they could get better
"traction" elsewhere, according to Fortune.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler confirmed the couple
will no longer be writing for Reuters.
A spokesperson for Welch declined to comment.
Welch took to Twitter on Friday, after the Labor Department
reported that the unemployment rate fell in September to a near
four-year low. He alleged that President Barack Obama's
administration rigged the numbers.
"Unbelievable jobs numbers ... these Chicago guys will do
anything ... can't debate so change numbers," Welch tweeted.
Obama formerly served as a senator from Illinois, and his
campaign headquarters is in Chicago.
Welch said on Friday he is not "accusing anyone of
anything." But he stood by his tweet.
Several news outlets including Reuters, Fortune, Bloomberg,
the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times covered the
reaction to Welch's jobs tweet.
Welch began writing a bi-weekly column with Reuters in
January. Time Warner Inc's Fortune also published the