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TMZ outs a post-resignation picture of Steve Jobs looking very ill, redefines bad taste

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TMZ outs a post-resignation picture of Steve Jobs looking very ill, redefines bad taste
UPDATE: It seems that there might have been a few manipulations with the photo to enhance the effect, as the second source link points out.

The celebrity gossip website bought a picture of Steve Jobs from the Pacific Coast News paparazzi that is supposedly taken on Friday, a day after he resigned as the CEO of Apple. We saw it yesterday, and, real or not, we won't post the picture here, as we think invading someone's privacy while battling cancer is an example of a terribly bad taste.

We wanted to point out that Steve looks like he just got out of bed after a course of chemo, very frail and skinny, but is standing up and seemingly walking with someone's help. Our thoughts are with him and we wish him strength to overcome this episode of his illness as fast as possible.

The claims that he will stay behind the scenes and be involved in Apple's strategic decisions, however, that were in his resignation letter, now seem a bit over the top, as he might be pretty weak for that yet. Tim Cook just got awarded a million Apple shares as a welcome note from the company in his new CEO position, and it looks like he will have to do without SJ's guidance for a while. 

He has been running Apple for quite a long time now behind the scenes, so it will be interesting to follow if investors will shrug the Friday picture of Steve Jobs off, or it will spook them into divesting some of their Apple stock when the markets open. 

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posted on 27 Aug 2011, 05:45 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

PA, that was classy posting a picture of Steve from a while ago. Is TMZ owned by any of Rupert Murdoch's companies? They seem to follow the Murdoch formula quite well.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:28 2

13. toolbox (unregistered)

And what Murdoch formula is that? EHM Productions is not owned by News Corp. TMZ, in unapologetic fashion, states their purpose is gossip. Steve Jobs is a public figure and unfortunately is subject to less than tasteful treatment. To compare that with some politicians, police and news-people in UK is incongruent by any measure.

Jobs is still Chairman of the Board at Apple. His health is more than a personal matter as he is so much *that* company he built. That, I'm afraid affects a lot of people - employees, suppliers, investors, etc. Until he leaves the picture completely might he have a true expectation of privacy. I do not believe that is his style though. I think he'll carry on to the end. Cancer keeps eating away until there's nothing left to take. Personally, I wish him the best, and hope he'll step away enough to enjoy time with his family. Apple Computer will get along fine.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 13:48 1

27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

@toolbox, do you even know what the Chairman of the Board of DIrectors does? The people who run the company are the CEO and COO. If you don't think this is the circumstance, why do you think that Apple just approved a golden handcuff package for Tim Cook? $383 million (more if the share price rises) paid in two chunks (5th and 10th year anniversary if Cook is an Apple employee at the time) is specifically designed to take him off the market and focus his attention on the business of Apple. The Chairman of the Board presides over Board meetings and basically is a position of oversight. The only time a Chairman of the Board steps into day-to-day decision-making is if the CEO gets fired. And that is generally only until a replacement CEO is found.

Jobs resigned because of the toll that cancer has taken on his health and his ability contribute at the level he expected of all Apple employees. TMZ crossed the line of ethical journalism. If they had published the picture before Steve resigned, it would have been relevant 'news' for investors in Apple. After the resignation is private time for Jobs.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 19:25

34. Gawain (Posts: 420; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

Problem is that the Board of Directors at Apple is very small. Jobs' exposure relative to the company is still very high. As well prepared as Cook may be, I don't see Jobs simply walking away (as much as I would like him to).

TMZ is a tabloid, and they did exactly what tabloids do.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 13:39 2

26. Jim (unregistered)

Its so funny Steve Jobs seem to be off the target list of liberals who complain about high salary CEOs and corporation that send jobs to China. Why is this so liberals? Is it because you own a iphone? Yeah he got paid $1 a year but are you that ignorant? He got millions of shares as a form of salary which comes out to billions.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 13:54 1

28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

If Jobs had screwed up and Apple had not been the raging success that it has become from 1997 onward, his stock would be worth zip. That is a marked contrast to CEOs who come on board and basically run the company into the ground and are paid $millions for their 'service'. There are even a few of the latter in the telecomm industry. Steve on the other hand made Apple the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. Maybe you should direct your irony at executives who haven't accomplished squat yet are bleeding their companies every day they show up to and cash their paycheck?

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 06:04 3

2. Moo (unregistered)

Seen photo

Not good

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 14:53

31. wolfordtw (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Go figure. Pick on the guy that has the death sentence already. Hey we're tmz and we're gonna expose steve jobs whose dying of cancer because its funny...... haha haha. Buy our magazine..... Haha haha.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 06:17 3

3. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

not good at all

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 13:56

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Chemo is basically a balance between killing the cancer while not killing the patient. Steve is experiencing that balancing act and his physical condition shows it.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:12 9

4. Sopwith Camel (unregistered)

Thank you for not posting the picture. You are above sleezy journalism and I respect and applaud you for that.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 12:03 2

38. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

they might as well have. they are still bringing attention to the article. classy journalism would have just left the subject alone and not even brought it up in the first place.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:13 8

5. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the man stepped down. we all know it was for health reasons and pancreatic cancer is a painful killer.. leave his home life alone. Wanna hit him for ceo crap while he's at apple, great.. but private lives are just that.. private.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 14:09

39. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea I saw the pic and wish I didnt now...

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:25 8

6. Mike S (unregistered)

Err, what makes this article any difference? They are both designed to get web hits. If you really care you would have left it alone in order to not bring attention to TMZ. Instead your just promoted TMZ.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:36 2

7. Droid.X /b/ (unregistered)

I saw the photo and you can clearly tell that it's photoshopped

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 08:04 3

8. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Lol @ PA's journalistic integrity. Funny i had no idea about this "classless act" until you guys brought attention to it for a few article hits. Smh

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 08:21 6

9. cheetah2k (Posts: 1577; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

The picture is what it is. No amount of airbrushing is going to fix that one.

To say it redefines bad taste, iPhonearena - you should take a real good look at yourself in the mirror. The way Jobs looks is reality, not science fiction like most of the reviews in comparison to the iphone on this web site.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:06 2

10. Realitycheck (unregistered)

Sleazy? Bad taste? I disagree. It's reality. Steve is fighting cancer and that's what cancer and its treatment does to your body. Just because you don't like the look of the photo doesn't make it sleazy.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:07 2

11. WhatReally? (unregistered)

Hes a public figure but yet he doesnt think people are going to try to get pictures of him to find out whats going on? Give me a break...You want to be famous, deal with it...Give me a break, dont bash people for REAL journalism just because all you do here at PA is kiss ass...pathetic! When youre sucking Jobs off later for free info let us know how hes feeling....

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 07:28

44. ddrt (unregistered)

You are pathetic. Just thought you should know that. He didn't want to be famous like the Jersey Shore idiots, he wanted to be successful and change the world. Which he did and everyone put him in the spotlight for it. He never had to announce all of the apple updates, people begged for him to. Technically he was forced into the spotlight and eventually he enjoyed it. He didn't get a big head, for years he wore the same outfits and thought it was cool.

Also, if you, for even a second, think TMZ has any shred of journalistic integrity… oh, I just used my brain for a second and realized you're just a troll.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:10 3

12. jacko (unregistered)

im not a fan of the guy but has someone with cancer my heart goes out to him and his family as my father died of cancer and the feeling isn't good

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 09:41

14. j405 (unregistered)

Well prepare to get sued...TMZ!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 10:00 2

15. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

I'll admit that the lower half of his body, and what almost appears to be a black hospital gown, look a little fishy. Photoshop seems to have had some work in this one, however, his face and his friend helping him seem totally legit. Regardless of any possible Photoshopping done here, he's quite sick and I would hope anyone with a half a soul would wish him the best in his recovery.

Some time away from work duties and responsibilities should help immensely. Cancer is nothing to joke about, ever

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 10:14

16. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

dude is the greatest at what he does!!!!!! i hope mr jobs makes a come back even though theres no cure for what he has!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 10:28

18. hepresearch (unregistered)

Resident physicians at Johns Hopkins University are trialing a new procedure right now that could lead to improved treatment of pancreatic cancer. There are several decent treatments that can already extend the life prognosis of a patient with pancreatic cancer four-fold or more... there is a lot of reason for hope.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 10:22 2

17. hepresearch (unregistered)

I may not be a fan of the iPhone or anything Apple makes, and I may sometimes feel that Steve Jobs gets credit for all sorts of things that, perhaps, he has had a hand in, but not necessarily been solely responsible for; however, I cannot help but empathize with Steve Jobs right now.

My grandmother passed due to pancreatic cancer earlier this month, and then within a few days of that I found out that I am dealing with my own case of cancer. My prayers are with Steve right now, as I know that there are others who are praying for me. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can be just as damaging as the cancer itself, and the pain can be excruciating. I know now, from first hand experience.

We all have our opinions and critiques of Apple, and of Steve Jobs, but I will not allow my opinions to spill over into personal matters. To intentionally take photos of Steve in a moment of pain or weakness, and then post them for the world to see, may not be illegal (it is certainly debatable), but it is definitely dreadfully inhuman and mean-spirited. PhoneArena was right to not re-post the picture, and to point out the distasteful activity of TMZ without posting a direct link to their website. Daniel P., thank you for shining the light of scrutiny on TMZ, and for showing solidarity with Steve in his struggle with cancer.

All lawsuit-rumors aside, I would hope that no one else bothers to go to TMZ and look... I did not, and I will not. I would not want people all over the internet looking at me in my moment of weakness and/or pain. For Steve, and all the others who suffer now... your best days are yet ahead of you! Wishing you and yours all the best.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:25

19. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Glad to see a staffer or one of PA's sac-holders took their thumbs out their ass long enough to thumb down the truth. Lol

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:52

22. hepresearch (unregistered)

Which truth got thumbed down? If there are "classless" acts going on, they ought not to be hid from everybody; I'd rather see them for what they are, and call them out for it publicly.

Hiding the ignorance and shamefulness of such things by ignoring them does no one any good at all. The "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" approach helps people to become ignorant of the truth, and makes those who do speak the truth less likely to speak for fear of "offending" someone...

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:40

20. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)

reddit says it's fake
i believe them

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 12:07

24. hepresearch (unregistered)

If it is a fake, that just makes TMZ all the sleezier...

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:42 1

21. RicNP (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Even though he is a public figure it is not necessary for employees, investors, shareholders etc. to see a picture of him in order to know what's happening and to make decisions accordingly, a detailed article would be enough.

gossip businesses are scum, do you really think they published the picture to "help" and inform others and not to make money? Haha just sarying.....

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 11:54

23. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

I dont think it real either. Its looks ridiculous.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 12:42

25. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

F*ck TMZ they dont even respect thier own mothers.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 14:48

30. ibap (Posts: 758; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Who said this was a black hospital gown? When I stumbled on the pic, my first reaction was who drew a skirt on Jobs, or how did they paste his head onto some woman's body?

A fake, and a bad one at that.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 15:07

32. Suck it (unregistered)

Apple sucks it. This company is overbloated and will die. I would start cashing out my stock now oh wise investors. Microsoft stock is looking like a good investment to me.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 16:31

33. get well (unregistered)

I really dislike SJ please dont ask me to list the reasons (you knew what's it) but i do hope he is feeling better as well. Cancer is a pure devil and there's no "application" for that

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 05:21

37. SCMSales (unregistered)

@Suck it, go ahead and do that, Microsoft is gonna bomb big with Windows 8. I mean really the phones are mostly a disaster and now they are going to base the entirety of Windows PC's off of that? Ill keep my money away from them. Apple will continue to make billions for probably at least the next 5-7 years before either a) they start to level out due to a new player in town or b) the next big technology comes along and they capitalize on that...with the patents they have been filing for I would vote B. I dont think apple is going anywhere. And especially not because of a change in CEO. If a change like that was to cause Apple to go under they wouldnt even be where they are today. Apple has the ability to deal with much more major changes than this.

@the guy who said TMZ gonna get sued....moron....

I am not nor will I ever be an Apple fan. I may one day own an Apple but honestly they do make superior computers and OS's. That being said, I know he(SJ) is in the thoughts and prayers of all those with a good heart, and that includes TMZ, they are just doing there job and trying to make money unfortunately.

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:20 1

40. atrain1385 (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

soo an apple a day does not keep the doctor away?

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 17:29

41. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. I really wish and pray Steve recovers. He's done wonders for Apple and the telecoms business as a whole.

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