NY Times’ Nocera: Steve Jobs can no longer be trusted

Apple Store“Last week, when Steve Jobs announced that his recent weight loss was due to ‘a hormone imbalance,’ I got calls from reporters and others (which, I must admit, I ducked) asking me if that was the medical problem he had confessed to when he and I had had our infamous phone call last summer — the one where he called me a slime bucket and denied that he had a recurrence of cancer. The answer is no, it wasn’t,” Joe Nocera writes for The New York Times. “It was something else — which of course I still can’t disclose because the conversation was off the record.”

“I said at the time that I knew I was being spun by Mr. Jobs. But I didn’t think I was being lied to. Now, I’m not sure what to think. It is certainly possible that he had the condition he described to me last summer. It is also possible that he did, in fact, have “a hormone imbalance,” as he announced last week, as rumors swirled again about his health. And it is even possible that a few days later he discovered that his problems were ‘more complex’ — whatever that means — and that he only just realized that he needs to take a medical leave. It is possible, in other words, that he and Apple are telling the truth,” Nocera writes.

“Possible — but unlikely. Apple’s stock was hammered in after-hours trading on Thursday because, to be blunt, investors simply don’t believe Mr. Jobs. Charlie Wolf, the Apple analyst at Needham & Company, wrote a note to clients, describing Mr. Jobs’ e-mail to employees, in which he said he was taking a temporary medical leave, as ‘a can of worms.’ He added: ‘The fact that Mr. Jobs did not resign nor did the board call for his resignation suggests that he may well be telling the truth.’ The clear implication of that sentence is that most people (including, perhaps, Mr. Wolf himself) think Mr. Jobs is not telling the truth,” Nocera writes.

Nocera writes, “The most indispensable chief executive in the United States, beloved by customers and investors for his magnificent turnaround of the company he founded — and for the amazing gadgets his company produces — can no longer be trusted on the subject of whether he is healthy enough to continue running the company. “

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Steve Jobs can no longer be trusted, he ought to write for The New York Times.


  1. Several parts of what he says make no sense at all. Like this part:

    “He added: ‘The fact that Mr. Jobs did not resign nor did the board call for his resignation suggests that he may well be telling the truth.’ The clear implication of that sentence is that most people (including, perhaps, Mr. Wolf himself) think Mr. Jobs is not telling the truth,” Nocera writes.”

    That’s really poor reasoning and kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The guy says Steve’s probably telling the truth so that “really” means that he thinks Steve is lying? with reasoning like that you can prove anything.

  2. It’s the NEW YORK TIMES!!!

    It is a filthy disgusting asswipe rag of lies on a good day! Why does anyone care what anyone who works for the NY TIMES thinks?

    They have the nerve to discuss anyone’s trustworthiness?

    Every single day I become more and more disgusted with the news media.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  3. Steve will become the new Elvis. Is he really dead? My future grandkids are gonna say he was just spotted using iPhone version 12 at a mini-mart in Alabama. CNN will immediately helicopter their reporters in from Atlanta to cover the top story.
    Meanwhile, Steve Ballmer drops dead from a massive jelly doughnut cholesterol heart attack on his private Boeing 777 while playing Flying Chairs on his prototype upcoming XBox 12…and it gets the 3am Sunday morning cover story when noone is watching. Meanwhile, Oprah dies in an avalanche by simply tripping and rolling at the top of the ski mountain in Steamboat Springs. Ceremony by her grandkids at Bill Gates Technology University of Innovation in Redmond.

  4. Steve Jobs’s health is NOT our business. He’s not the President of the United States for crying out loud. He’s not an elected official. He’s a private citizen.

    If Apple’s supply chain for Macs or iPhones were suddenly in jeopardy, that would be the business of the share holders.

    The media, in particular THE NEW YORK TIMES, is sickening. They’re like a pack of rabid dogs searching for an injured cat to rip apart.

  5. No, Jobs is not a private citizen widdling away in his basement with the latest iPod. He is out there as the face of the company, and everyone has benefited.

    Therefore, don’t be shocked when people question if “the face” is gaunt, and especially don’t lie and tell everyone that the “face” is perfectly healthy (like they did last year) when it’s not (which is obvious). Disclosure is not up to Steve Jobs. If he wants to live in total privacy, he needs to resign as the face of Apple.

  6. @NewYorkRules

    Oh if only we had simple messengers, respectable journalists who simply reported the facts rather than seeking to garner eyeballs and fame by coloring every single morsel of bad data they get and firing it out of their sensationalization cannons.

    Concerning his health, the facts are what Steve says, nothing more as far as anyone outside his immediate family should be concerned. If Jobs says he has a cold, that’s it. All the pontificating, screaming, banging out opinions, etc. is completely uncalled for and at the very best, irresponsible.

    If someone lights a cigarette in a crowded theater, CBS, ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, The LA Times, the whole lot of’em will line up to scream fire, then write editorials on the sorry condition of humanity because people panicked running out.

    So what Mr. Job’s face is gaunt. It’s not your business.

    People should wish him a speedy recovery and move on. The rest of this noise is completely unwarranted.

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