I was just watching CNBC and was amazed at how the media are like a pack of hungry wolves, all over the story that ran today about Steve Jobs taking a major leave of absence due to his current health situation. I actually shared the info in our Community about Jobs being ill about two weeks ago when I spotted an article on a science news site. At the time, it was reported that he had a hormone-related illness and he would simply not be speaking at a conference. Today, the news is much more serious, and the photos of him are shocking. He looks like a living skeleton. Apparently he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer a few years ago and underwent surgery for it. This is news to many.
Members of the media are attacking Jobs and Apple's public relations department for not 'fessing up to Jobs' illness. And I mean attacking. They were brutal on CNBC this evening.... saying that their p.r. sources outright lied to them about Jobs' condition, and that Jobs was doing a "strip tease" in parceling out small bits of info about his health at a time. And that there has been a conspiracy going on to hide Jobs' health crisis in order to protect Apple's financial status.
It makes me wonder where we draw the line between the personal and the private when it comes to our health. Sure, Jobs is like a celebrity in the tech and financial world and sits at the helm of a major company. But it's not like he's the president of a country. It seems to me that the media is seriously overreacting and not allowing him the privacy he deserves.
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