Coverage of Steve Jobs’ health issues has not been journalism’s finest hour

Apple Online Store“What is it about Steve Jobs that makes otherwise sensible journalists completely lose their marbles? This week’s coverage of Steve Jobs’ health woes has hit some surprising new lows in journalistic IQ,” Dan Miller writes for Macworld. “The latest example is a story on Newser.com by media reporter Michael Wolff, headlined Apple Dies. Its premise: ‘the logical answer to what happens at Apple without Jobs is that it dies. What you have, demonstrably, is a company without any managerial wherewithal beyond Jobs.'”

Miller writes, “What is demonstrable is that Michael Wolff doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He doesn’t seem to know who Tim Cook is. He hasn’t, apparently, dialed in to any of Apple’s earnings announcements over the past couple of years, at which Steve Jobs—when he appeared at all—generously shared the stage with Cook and other executives. He doesn’t seem to know how to read an annual report. Maybe he should read up on these summarized profiles of six accomplished Apple executives, all of whom possess managerial wherewithal and none of whom answer to the name ‘Steve.'”

Miller writes, “But that’s only the most recent in a week’s worth of frothing. In all that froth, a few themes have emerged.”

• The whole medical-diagnosis-at-a-distance thing: You’d think they’d add a clause to the Hippocratic Oath—“First, do no diagnoses of patients you’ve never seen.”
• Even worse: Amateur armchair diagnosers: Yes, although Roger Kay is not a medical professional, he does have the special ability to diagnose [cancer for] someone by looking at a photograph.
• The notion that Steve Jobs has no right to privacy

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MacDailyNews Take: Macworld should enter their subheadline, which we’ve used for our headline, into this year’s “Understatement of the Year” contest.

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