I know, a tired cliche used by the other guys, but what follows here is a smattering of some of your responses to my blogon Apple and Steve Jobs' health.
I won't post all of the missives questioning the treatment of a "virus," as I had reported, with antibiotics since we all know that you treat a bacterial infection with those drugs, and not a virus. I provided an update at the bottom of the last blog about this, but just to be clear: Apple says Jobs is suffering from a "common bug," not a virus, and that he's being treated with antibiotics, and that he's feeling better. I apologize for the confusion.
Francisco Nebel Bueno writes: "We all have good reasons to think or act cynically about the ways of reporters and their biased or irresponsible maneuverings; but then, you read an article like "Apple's Jobs and his health..." and regain your confidence that there are people, professional journalists who's ethic compasses point and guide them to the truth rather than the "convenient news;" and not because they fear imprisonment or unemployment, but because they care so much about their consciences and their craft. As important as the subject matter of your article is, it's more so because of the way you have presented the facts and your impressions on the issue. I've read you from time to time, you've made some mistakes, but that is not so relevant here, since you also deserve to be taken on face value for what you have shown about yourself to your readers today. You should feel proud, I have felt so for having read you this morning."
David Lynn writes: "I just read the article on Steve Jobs and I applaud your professionalism and good judgment."
From Steve Hume: "You are not kidding about the shorts playing with fire. If this 3G iPhone, in this many countries, is what happens when he has an illness, then what could happen if he gets better! Or, it shows that Apple can be quite productive while he is not driving hard; which proves the fears of his being the only one to move Apple forward are also, not justified."
Mike Scott writes: "I appreciate the journalistic angst and your decision to handle things as you did. If nothing else, Apple's hand is likely to be more openly dealt because of your decision than without it."
From George: "Great article....appreciate your work."
Loraine Weeks adds: "I watched while you were interviewing Mr. Jobs. I thought immediately that he didn't look healthy. Your remarks about him today were very sensitive."
Alex writes: "Very professional and well written. Your closing to the point and clear. I will come back to read more."
Thom Leidner says: "Thank for being the voice of reason with your follow up to the Steve Jobs scare. That is exactly what I've been thinking. Short sellers taking advantage of Apple's volatility. Besides, no one has taken into account how many miles he's flow around the world in the past few months, sealing the deal with 60+ countries. It's gotta be exhausting and private jet or not, stale air doesn't do the body good."
From Rod Boddie, "Jim Goldman is 100% correct on this…nice job."
Eustace Mita sent: "Thanks Jim, for the honest appraisal."
Michael writes: "Thank you Jim for your balance and honesty. Nice to know that integrity remains important."
From Adam in Phoenix: "Jim, Bravo! I thought the position you took in the piece about Steve Jobs' health was perfect. You effectively reported on the "story" and all its angles without really having something on which to report. Rumors are a delicate business in the first place. A rumor that runs wild and moves the market cap of today's most significant tech company by billions of dollars is even more delicate. You are very underrated in this business."
Ira in Los Angeles wrote in: "Jim, it's your nonstop professionalism that keeps small holders like myself and son, and our families, loyal. Do what you need to do and say what you need to say, but trust your gut on lines, limits, and proprieties."
And lest you think I'm only including the good stuff, there was this from Gregg Elliott who writes: "Is this article about Jobs' health, or about Jim Goldman blowing his horn and wasting my time? This article could have been 50% shorter and 100% more effective."
I appreciate all the feedback--this was just a sample--and I read all of it. Critiques, accolades and criticisms all mean a lot to me. Equally. And I remain very interested in hearing all your points of view. Thanks for the dialogue and keep it coming.
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