The six weeks the National Enquirer gave him are up
A supermarket tabloid shows a radio talk-show doctor and a Florida critical care physician photographs of a patient they have never examined. They pronounce him gravely ill and give him six weeks to live.
You might think that the takeaway message from this would be a story about medical ethics. But the patient was Steve Jobs, and what happened instead was a journalistic free-for-all and a three-day run on Apple AAPL shares that knocked $22.6 billion off the company’s market cap.
Jobs, of course, showed up at a dinner with President Obama the next day and at the iPad 2 unveiling two weeks later looking no better or worse than he has for years. His new gadget is selling like crazy and the stock has recovered half its losses.
Meanwhile, the tech reporters who jumped on the story get to put these headlines in their clipping folders:
Daily Mail: Cancer-stricken Apple boss Steve Jobs ‘may have just six weeks to live’
Gizmodo: Steve Jobs Has “6 Weeks to Live,” Says the National Enquirer
Phones Review: iPhone Guru Steve Jobs Gets 6 Week Death Sentence
Mobile Marketing Watch: Apple CEO Steve Jobs Believed to be Gravely Ill
RADAR: Steve Jobs Receiving Treatment At Cancer Clinic Where Patrick Swayze Was Patient
Digital Trends: The National Enquirer gives Steve Jobs 6 weeks to live
The Next Web: Steve Jobs receiving cancer treatment in hospital. May be terminal.
VentureBeat: Steve Jobs’ cancer clinic sighting sparks new Apple worries
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Steve Jobs Spotted Leaving Stanford Cancer Center
New York Magazine: Steve Jobs Is Receiving Cancer Treatment at a Clinic in Stanford
RazorianFly: More Rumors Of Steve Jobs’ Health Surface
Daily Mail: Paper publishes shocking pictures of skeletal Steve Jobs
AppleInsider: Apple’s Steve Jobs reportedly seen at California’s Stanford Cancer Center