Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has pulled a Jonah Goldberg to explain away the résumé scandal that's surrounded him this week. Like Goldberg, who blamed his publisher for touting two Pulitzer Prize nominations he was never received, Thomspon is claiming someone else fudged his credentials according to anonymous sources who spoke to Reuters and Business Insider.
Reuters' Alexei Oreskovic has him saying he didn't submit a résumé at all. But according to Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson Thompson has an even lamer excuse than that: Someone else put his non-existent computer science degree on there. Blaming others is definitely the way to go, guys.
Per Carlson, here's how Thomspon's CEO got that faked computer science degree, which has board members calling for his firing:
Thompson is telling employees that before he was placed into a job at eBay subsidiary PayPal in 2005, he had an interview with an executive placement firm.
During this interview, Thompson says he did NOT say he had degree in computer science.
But after the interview, says Thompson, this executive placement firm produced a document that said he has a degree in computer science. Thompson is telling Yahoo employees that he did not review this document.
That it took Thompson a whole week to respond with an excuse is already suspicious. Thomspon had apologized earlier this week. But not for lying. Rather, in another lame move, for the distraction. And that followed the first attempt at moving beyond the scandal, when Thomspon called it an "inadvertent error."