Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz F-Bombs TechCrunch's Michael Arrington: Shame ... or Fame?

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The setup: At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz sat down with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington in what was billed by the conference as a "fireside chat" -- but was more accurately described by TechCrunch Co-Editor Eric Shoenfeld as the lion's den."

Arrington -- who has often critiqued Bartz's 16-month tenure as CEO -- set the tone by starting off the conversation with a "How the f**k are you?" When he pressed her on the company's innovation, Bartz got cussy.

Editor's warning: Salty language in this video may not be safe for work. Unless, apparently, you work at Yahoo. Or TechCrunch.

This isn't the first time Bartz has unleashed the mouth she apparently doesn't kiss her momma with: She flipped the verbal bird in the direction of Wall Street Journal's Kara Swisher at the D7 conference last year. (She later told Swisher she hadn't meant anything by it -- which adds a little more sauce to her sass when she tells Arrington "that one I meant" in the video above.)

Bartz isn't the only sailor-swearing dignitary in the public eye (ear?) lately. Conservative Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth let her f**k flag fly earlier this month.

And then, of course, there's Joe Biden -- whose "big effing deal" comment upon the passage of the healthcare bill will likely be memorialized on T-shirts forever.

So should Bartz be called out for cussing? Why or why not?


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