Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Jan 2009 15:25 UTC
Apple Speculation about Steve Jobs' health situation has been a hot topic for a while now, and Bloomberg is jumping on the bandwagon as well - but you have to wonder if there's a limit as to how far journalists should go in order to gain insight into Jobs' health. While his position as CEO of a large publicly traded company puts him on a pedestal, I do believe there are limits to the hight of this pedestal. Bloomberg grossly crossed the line in my book, and Jobs seems to agree with me. "Why don't you guys leave me alone?"
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RE[4]: Wishful thinking
by robinh on Mon 19th Jan 2009 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wishful thinking"
robinh
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Just because there's "NO LAW" against something, doesn't make it right or desirable to do that thing. If everyone in a society took this view, the government would have to micro-legislate every aspect of our lives, and I think you'll agree this is not a pleasant prospect.

What I'm saying is that a responsible media outlet should balance the rights / feelings of the subject (Mr. Jobs in this case) against "the public interest". For example, if this situation were to continue as-is for the next year, there could be an argument for running an intrusive investigation and publishing the results due to damage to a public company caused by excessive uncertainty. Not so in this case, Bloomberg were simply trying to make a quick buck by putting out a story with "Apple" and "Steve Jobs" tags on it so that the whole Apple fanclub will swing by and generate some ad revenue.

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