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. Like hell he will….
    The chattering classes feed on forbidden fruit of any quality, indigestible, bad taste(ing) or whatever. But then something comes along pretty quickly to move people on.
    C’mon MDN, quit the double standards, four posts is pretty sick.

  2. Steve Ballmer should be so lucky that so many people would be concerned for his health; with his temper issues he’s a heart attack just waiting to happen.

    Product schedule is set; Tim Cook did fine the last time out. If we start to see a hemorrhaging of top talent from Apple (I’d worry more if it were Jon Ive or some of the programming team leaders who were heading out), that might be the time for concern, but just because the public doesn’t know the succession plan doesn’t mean there’s not one in place. Heck, maybe now the media can stop with the “cult leader” crap & actually review Apple objectively.

  3. @DeRS:

    Wow, I sure hope English isn’t your native language. The grammatical and factual mistakes really undercut your attempt to bolster your comment through use of BOLD tags.

    Also, I didn’t realize that the travel agency “Thomas Cook” had anything to do with running Apple. Isn’t that the job of Tim Cook, the COO? Note: Tim is short for Timothy.

  4. @ MDN Take

    When you snidely refer to the “immorality” of today’s media, where are you classified in this bunch? I counted 5 stories about Job’s health ABOVE this one, one of which, at least from the headline, speculated as to what could be causing his medical leave. Just because you gather articles from “today’s media” and comment on them doesn’t mean you aren’t included in that group of people who should be respecting Steve’s request for privacy.

    Your hypocrisy on this issue is sickening. Why shouldn’t a person ask for privacy during a medical emergency? The patient-doctor privacy privilege is a cornerstone of modern medical ethics. I can see the gray area with Steve running a major corporation, and investors wanting to know about the future of that corporation, but he is not a public government figure. The running of major nations, states or cities isn’t dependent on Steve Jobs, there is no reason why his medical privacy shouldn’t be respected.

  5. @cspray : Beautiful. I’m never quite sure why there is such an attitude with MDN? I guess they’re better than everybody else? Apple Insider and Mac Rumors cover the same stories without a prejudice. They just report. They don’t act like spoiled 10 year old kids. They aren’t run by Apple either.

  6. I would just like to point out the irony of a nationally published news article about Steve’s health, that asks the question, “Will he get privacy.”

    Clearly not. This very article is all the proof you need.

  7. Stockholders etc only need to consider the quality of the existing leadership under Steve Jobs. Steve will leave one day anyway and the precise timing only affects short-term speculators. If investors think that the SVPs will wreck the company after Steve leaves, then they should cash in now, or else they are speculating on his departure date with or without the health issues.

    So, beyond the speculators, no-one needs to know the details of Steve Jobs’s health.

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