Be More Careful, Bloomberg

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Bloomberg L.P. has made a pretty big mistake.  Bloomberg has a 17 page document containing the life and death of Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and that document was published today.  When the obituary story was accidentally published, many Apple investors quivered about what had happened.  The story was quickly retracted after it was published.

Gawker has the whole document embedded in their blog post.

Below is the retraction statement:

Story Referencing Apple Was Sent in Error by Bloomberg News

Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) ? An incomplete story referencing Apple
Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m.
New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and
has been retracted.

?Editor: Joe Winski, Cesca Antonelli

Jobs has battled pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago, but stated that his life is no longer threatened by any sort of illness. 

A couple of days ago, Freakonomics published an article called What Does a Sick C.E.O. do to His Company?  The premise of the article was that if a C.E.O.’s condition changes and the company previously announced the health condition of their leader, they should keep investors updated.

I have a difference in opinion with the individual that was interviewed by Freakonomics.  Our health is our own business.  It doesn’t matter if you flip burgers at McDonald’s or if you are the leader of a multi-billion dollar corporation… What happens behind closed doors at a hospital should not be opened to the entire public.