This one’s probably not going to win me any friends; but then again, I’m not in this for the popularity. As you all probably know, one of the memes being bandied about in the media in the last week is the “Apple is ‘fucking up’ by not disclosing Steve Jobs’ medical condition.” To which Apple has, so-far, replied with a firm “Steve’s medical condition is his business,” and an implied, “fuck you.”
At the center of this reporting is one particular piece of shit named Joe Nocera, who reports for the New York Times. Now, here’s the thing, I know a few things about Joe Nocera and his reporting. Sadly, this is the part where many of you will tune out. But please take the time to click the link to the Deep Capture Blog in my sidebar. Deep Capture is the ongoing story of Overstock.com’s CEO Patrick Byrne’s fight against market manipulating hedge fund managers and the business media that is complicit in their attempts to fuck over publicly traded companies. At the very least read this post from Deep Capture which deal specifically with the douchebag Joe Nocera.
The thing is, I am firmly convinced that the same anonymous hedge fund managers who started the “Steve’s sick” rumor are the ones that have attacked Overstock.com. The regularity that these bullshit rumors appear, usually right before a product launch or quarterly conference call, cannot be ignored.
As a coda to this sordid mess, Joe wrote another another attack article aimed at Apple published today in the Times. I won’t link to it, because I won’t dignify this shit-smear with the hits; but here’s a quote:
On Thursday afternoon, several hours after I’d gotten my final “Steve’s health is a private matter” — and much to my amazement — Mr. Jobs called me. “This is Steve Jobs,” he began. “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.”
Good on fucking Steve! It’s about time someone else stood up to these criminally complicit “journalists.” Here’s a message to Steve, give Dr. Byrne a call, I think you’ll find you have some things in common.