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Microsoft's inaccurate headline

| By Greg Fisher,

Employers do not use credit scores.

However, a headline (hed) on MSN Money is "When employers eyeball your credit score."

The subheading is "It doesn't matter if you don't think your credit scores are your prospective boss's business -- they often check them to make sure potential hires aren't in financial trouble. Here's what you should know."


November 8, 2013

Chris Oster

Dear Mr. Oster:

I tried to send you an email last year.

Ultimately, it was ineffective.

What is your supervisor's name?

Greg Fisher

Update, November 12, 2013

Today is a very orderly-sounding 11/12/13, and the next type of contact (in order) is email. That action is necessary because Microsoft Corporation failed to respond to the social media message sent over 24 hours ago.

These people at Microsoft appear to be those responsible for the ridiculous misinformation:

Steve Balmer, CEO
Qi Lu executive vice president, Applications and Services Group
Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group (according to the Seattle Times)
Christopher Oster, editor in chief, MSN Money
Marty Wolk, managing editor, MSN Money
• an unknown headline and page title writer

The chairman is Bill Gates.

MacDonald's profile states that he is "Corporate Vice President, Bing at Microsoft" and "Corporate Vice President, Online Services Division at Microsoft, Inc."

While the headline of the article in question states that employers use credit scores, the actual story states, incongruously (and in the only instance of the word score), "While they are barred from seeing your credit score, they will see everything else: Delinquencies, outstanding debt-related court judgments, debts currently in collection, high credit utilization rates and bankruptcies (even though Section 525 (b) of the bankruptcy code forbids employers from discriminating against people with bankruptcies on their records)."

Here is another lulu on MSN: "When U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with his team to discuss their strategy for taking down rumored opponent Ashley Judd in the next election, there's no doubt he expected the talk to stay private."

Senator McConnell, while a fine man, is not Majority Leader.

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