Fake Steve’ Criticizes CNBC’s Goldman Over Source Dispute

Dan Lyons, previously known for his “Fake Steve Jobs” blog, leveled criticism at CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau chief Jim Goldman for allegedly not disclosing information from Apple insiders regarding Steve Jobs’ health condition.

The heated exchange in this video escalates around the 3:30 mark.

During an episode of CNBC Reports, Lyons accused Goldman of being the type of journalist who is easily manipulated by corporate interests like Apple. He argued that Goldman should have shared the information he had on Monday, prior to Apple’s official statement on Tuesday. Lyons further insisted that Goldman owes an apology to Gizmodo for criticizing their December 30 story which discussed Jobs’ deteriorating health.

Goldman responded by stating that he had reached out to two individuals close to Jobs on Monday, who, while not privy to the exact details of Jobs’ medical treatment, expressed significant concerns about his health. Goldman shared their insights:

“Both individuals felt compelled to approach me with their serious doubts about Jobs’ health.

One mentioned that based on his personal interactions with Jobs, he believed Jobs was in serious denial about the severity of his condition. The other expressed deep concerns, noting a worrying change in Jobs’ communication habits, such as not returning emails or phone calls, which he saw as indicators of Jobs’ critical health situation.”

According to Silicon Alley Insider, it was reported that Lyons had been banned from appearing on CNBC again, although CNBC spokesperson Kevin Goldman (not related) clarified that “Real Dan” was not banned.

In a related development, Joe Nocera, a journalist from the New York Times, who was previously referred to as a “slime bucket” by Jobs in a private phone conversation about his health, mentioned that the health issue Jobs disclosed was different from the “hormone imbalance” stated in Apple’s press release before Macworld. Nocera has advocated for more openness from Apple regarding Jobs’ health issues.

[Via MacDailyNews.]

On a personal and editorial note, I extend my best wishes to Mr. Jobs and his family during this time.

This will be my final piece on the recent announcement for the foreseeable future. I hesitated to even write this, as Jobs deserves peace during his recovery, away from the whirlwind of speculation and incomplete information. Perhaps by writing less about it, his recovery will be swifter. In theory.


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