I’m not a Michael Arrington fan — not in the least. I find just about everything he touches to be a total waste of my time. But every once in a while, he makes headlines that are difficult to ignore. This is one of those times.

In an interview with Michael Arrington, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz reaffirms something for me — she’s only an effective CEO on paper. Bartz has been one of the biggest mistakes I have seen Yahoo! make since its inception. While I am sure she did great things elsewhere, while running Yahoo! she has not made any clear positive changes on behalf of the company that I can see. Then, to top it all off, she swears like a sailor to someone interviewing her and asking her a legitimate question.

I find her to be a mistake for Yahoo! and the sooner the company can thrust her into the distant past, I imagine the better. Thanks to appearances like these, she comes off like an unfortunate individual who is in dire need of a career change.

Her track record of failure was actually well documented during the course of the interview; I can only hope that she either “gets focused,” to borrow her words… or steps down. I can’t speak about her as a person, but based on what I have seen since her appointment to Yahoo!, I am not impressed.

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