Steve Jobs has asked for privacy, will he get it?

“Steve Jobs is once again ill enough to have to take time off from his leadership role, which he called a ‘medical leave of absence’ in an email to his staff released today,” Kara Swisher writes for AllThingsD.

“So now, once again, the intense debate will begin about exactly what is happening with Jobs’ health and how much Apple should reveal and how much it will likely not and how that is so very awful, because the people deserve to know,” Swisher writes. “In fact, we–the press and Wall Street and Apple users–already know plenty enough, which is: Steve Jobs has had a persistent and very serious illness he has been fighting successfully for many years now.”

“But his outlook, from the moment he found out about his particular form of pancreatic cancer, has never been really good. More to the point his ability to bounce back several times has been both heartening and more than a little miraculous. But, remember this: In the both times he has taken time off for health reasons, Jobs has come back with fierce innovation and game-changing innovation.”

Swisher writes, “Today, he asked in the email: ‘I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.’ I, for one, think he deserves exactly that and much more.”

Full article, with video of Jobs’ onstage interview at last year’s eighth D: All Things Digital event, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good luck with that; today’s media in general has major issues getting even the most basic facts correct and reporting them without bias and conjecture, not to mention the disturbing tendency exhibited by far too many in the media of jumping rapid-fire to baseless conclusions amidst total fabrications. Anyone expecting the media in general to have the decency to respect someone’s call for privacy is, unfortunately, dreaming of a world that no longer exists.


  1. And, there is no sense in that “people deserve to know” because probably no one, including Jobs himself and his doctors, can be 100% sure what and when will happen within this medical issue.

    So public knowing what the issue exactly is will clear nothing but just ruin Jobs privacy for nothing.

    Shareholders will not get any firm information on perspectives of Jobs/Apple from this break of privacy. Whatever decision shareholders might take having such information could be AS WELL AS WRONG not having Jobs privacy broken.

    All public needs to know that Jobs is getting treated, not stepping down, and that Thomas Cook will be doing his work just fine the way he did already twice before this time.

  2. Kara Swisher has always been a f*cking bitch and she will always be a f*cking bitch. She’s also a hit-whore, and doesn’t give a shit about ANYONE’S privacy. Case in point: she’s the very first person to bring up the “debate” about what’s wrong with Steve Jobs.

  3. It would be wise for anyone who invests to consider the future of Apple without Steve Jobs because no one lives forever or works forever. If everyone took that mature approach, the media would bore of the story.

    So let’s not entirely blame the media because we’re the ones who click on the stories (the ones who make things up or attack him with baseless facts, that’s a different matter).

    My personal view of Apple, as if anyone cares: When I look at the culture of that company and what it has been able to do, particularly in the past 10 years, I think there’s no reason to believe Apple won’t be the market leader for a long time to come — with or without Steve.

    So I wish him the best, from one human to another. And I will keep my Apple stock because I believe in the company.

  4. @AAPL

    Here’s your right… If you think AAPL is too risky because of Steve’s health, you have the right to get out of it, or not buy into it at all in the first place.

    There’s your ‘rights’, and that’s where they end.

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