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:
|McDonald's gives Charles Ramsey free food for a year|
|Japan stocks rebound after big plunge|
|Mailbox comes to the iPad|
|Bitcoin more powerful than fastest supercomputers|
|Stocks claw back from steep losses|