Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mainstream Media Idiots

Mean people suck. Why are there so many mean people in the media? Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, etc. Add Joe Nocera to the list. I’m sick and tired of mean people making lots of money at other people’s expense! (I'm also sick and tired of Rush Limbaugh trying to pass himself off as an entertainer, and Ann Coulter trying to pass herself off as a comedian, so that they can cry immunity when they are criticized.)

Facts is facts. Or are they? You would think that people in the media would care about the facts. But do they? NNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Worse is when they become hostile and arrogant simply because of a rumor. And it’s even worse when it is they who have created the rumor. Such is the case with Steve Jobs and his health.

I saw someone on one of the morning shows (probably the Today Show) say that basically Mr. Jobs was lying when he gave an earlier report on his health. The guy is sick and people are treating him as if he has no right to privacy just because he is the CEO of Apple.

It’s not as if Mr. Jobs has his finger on the button like Reagan did when he had Alzheimer’s disease, or Bush (who is a faith-based psychotic moron) does now.

From Steve Jobs Can't Be Trusted, But 'Real Crime' by Board, Nocera Says by Aaron Task:

When Steve Jobs' health became a major issue last summer, the one guy he spoke to was Joe Nocera, business columnist with The New York Times.

Last July, Jobs told Nocera - off the record - about the state of his health and provided a memorable quote: "This is Steve Jobs. You think I'm an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he's above the law, and I think you're a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong."

The thrust of Nocera's piece last summer was that "Apple simply can't be trusted to tell truth about its chief executive."

We can personally attest that Nocera is no slime bucket, and his analysis appears spot-on given Wednesday's revelation that Jobs is taking a leave of absence to deal with his health.

This week's news is inconsistent with what Jobs said on Jan. 5 - that he had a "hormonal imbalance" and "the remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward" - which itself was inconsistent with what he told Nocera in July, the reporter says.

"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," Nocera writes in his blog today.
First of all, let me be petty here and say that Steve Jobs Can't Be Trusted, But 'Real Crime' by Board, Nocera Says is one really bad bit of headline writing.

One day you’re alive, the next day you’re dead. One day you’re healthy, the next day you’re sick. Here’s a news flash for both Joe Nocera and Aaron Task: The state of a person's health changes all the time and doctors sometimes misdiagnose! Give Steve Jobs and the rest of us a break!!!

If either Joe Nocera or Aaron Task were battling some mysterious illness would they make their doctors' diagnoses public for everyone to see? I wouldn’t want to do that, for all kinds of reasons. There are a lot of kooks out there.

By the way, Joe Nocera may or may not be a slime bucket. He sure seems like one. And this proves that he is full of bullshit:
There are certain people who simply don’t have the same privacy rights as others, whether they like it or not. Presidents. Celebrities. Sports figures. And, at least in terms of his health, Steve Jobs. His health has become a material fact for Apple shareholders. His vagueness about his health, his dissembling, his constantly changing story line — it is simply not an appropriate way to act when you are the most important person at one of the most high-profile companies in America. On the contrary: it is infuriating.
Presidents, yes. Celebrities and sports figures? What the hell is wrong with this guy?!?!? His cruelness about someone else’s health, his nasty and constantly idiotic opinion — it is simply not an appropriate way to act when you are the least important person at one of the most high-profile news companies in America. On the contrary: it is infuriating. (Wait a minute. Isn’t “on the contrary” simply wrong here? Wouldn’t “on top of that” make more sense and also be better writing?) On top of that: it is infuriating. (There, that’s better.) Steve Jobs could be dying and all Nocera cares about is the price of Apple’s stock. Even if Steve Jobs is being evasive, I don’t blame him. Like I said, there are a lot of kooks out there. I personally wouldn't tell Nocera the truth about anything.

Best wishes to Steve Jobs. I hope that his health improves. It really sucks to have health problems. Give the poor guy a break, as well as his Constitutionally granted right to privacy!!!

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