Apple Needs to Tell the Truth About Jobs' Health

Firm's secrecy is a disservice to its investors
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 3:10 PM CST
In this Sept. 9, 2008, file photo, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs waves goodbye after a product announcement in San Francisco.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It’s possible, but not likely, that something truly changed in the days between Steve Jobs discounting his health issues as a “hormone imbalance” and deciding he needed to take a medical leave from Apple. That means, writes Joe Nocera in the New York Times, that America’s “most indispensable chief executive … can’t be trusted on the subject of whether he is healthy enough to continue running the company.”

Jobs strongly believes his health is no one’s business but his family’s, but he’s wrong, Nocera writes. People in important positions forfeit a portion of their privacy rights, and Jobs’ “health has become a material fact for Apple shareholders.” The time has come for Apple’s board to tell investors what is going on with the CEO.