Dan Lyons and Jim Goldman had a heated exchange today on CNBC over whether or not Apple was concealing anything in the weeks preceding Steve Jobs’ announcement that he would be taking a leave of absence from Apple. Lyons seemed particularly peeved at Jim Goldman for erroneously reporting last week that Steve Jobs was doing fine, and in a bizarre exchange, says that Goldman needs to apologize to Gizmodo and his own readers.
And now the plot thickens.
Silicon Alley Insider is now reporting that as a result of the verbal jousting, Dan Lyons has now been banned from CNBC for life. Regardless of whether or not the banning was justified (I think not), it boggles my mind that Lyons is still crusading against Steve Jobs and Apple for supposedly keeping his health a secret in some grand scheme to fool the public at large. The fact of the matter is that what Apple knows about Steve’s condition is a function of what he chooses to disclose, and that is something we have no way of finding out. If Apple willfully chose to hide pertinent information regarding the health of Steve Jobs, a lot of people would be risking jail-time, and it makes absolutely no sense to assume that that’s the case. I suppose this line of thinking isn’t too surprising, though, coming from a man who has been more successful pretending to be someone else than he has been by being himself. Ouch.
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