Bloomberg Publishes Steve Jobs Obituary

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  1. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9825

    "Bloomberg published an obituary for Apple CEO Steve Jobs after the closing bell on Wednesday and quickly retracted it. Amid all the rumors of Jobs’ and his pancreatic cancer Bloomberg’s timing couldn’t have been worse. However, the Bloomberg incident may reveal that rumors about Jobs’ health are intensifying..."

    Whoopsie!
     
  2. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    Undo... Undo... Dang.

    Wonder how much trouble the responsible party will get into.
     
  3. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    Sure am glad that I didn't see this when it was published. I would have had a heart-attack of something like that.

    Sheesh.
     
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    The same thing happened with Mark Twain, didn't it? Red faces all around, I'd imagine; apologies, too.
    Cheers
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Whoops. I guess someone in the newsroom owes his boss and Steve an apology.
     
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    Indeed - to quote Mr. Clemens, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

    :cool:
     
  8. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a

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    That's rather grotesque....makes you wonder how many other obituaries they have on stand by
     
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    Pretty much every prominent figure and this goes for ALL news orgs.
     
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    maybe for the next keynote steve should wear a body suit to add some more weight.
     
  11. daveschroeder macrumors 6502

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    Uh, this has NOTHING to do with why Bloomberg has a Jobs obit on hand, just to be clear.
     
  12. mdntcallr macrumors 65816

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    it is common practice, but definitely in poor taste for it to get out.

    as for other obituaries i bet they have them on standby for Different Categories:

    Drug Addiction:

    Andy Dick
    Amy Winehouse
    Scott Weiland
    Artie Lange
    Keith Richards

    Old:
    Bob Dole
    Phyllis Diller
    Andy Rooney
    Kirk Douglas
    Mickey Rooney
    Hugh Hefner


    Sick
    Ted Kennedy
    Michael J Fox
    B.B. King
    Fidel Castro
    Dick Clark

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    As predictable as this is, there are some Dead Pools, Deathwatch's and more. (note i have never participated in any pool, just found it funny.)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_pool
    http://coffinitup.org.uk/wp2/
    http://www.mikeboon.com/deadpool.html
    http://www.mylot.com/w/blogarticle/655380.aspx


    It is regularly a topic on Howard Stern show, at least 1-2 times a year.
     
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Dick Clark can never die. He's already been embalmed.
     
  14. timothyjay2004 macrumors regular

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    The Andy Dick comment made me laugh. He came to my college one time, went out to the bars in town, and then got arrested for public drunkenness.. LOL.

    Anyways, even if this was an accident, it still has to hurt a little. I mean, way to kick a man when he's down, you know? My jaw dropped when I first read this, but was happy to read it was a mistake. I think he's an awesome guy, and would love to meet him.
     
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  16. Aeolius thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At any rate, for Steve Jobs, it should be an iBituary. :D
     
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    Oh, that is excellent. :)
     
  18. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Bastards! Steve is immortal, he is the second coming!







    :p

    Don
     
  19. iJon macrumors 604

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    This is extremely common in news agencies. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
     
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    I think you mean Keith Richards, don't you?
     
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    Many of them. It saves a lot of preparation, and sloppy (and rushed) research. Just as long as they are accurate, I don't mind the fact that they are written in advance (and doubtless updated fairly frequently). I recall reading a good few years ago that the late Lord Mountbatten dropped into some of the prominent papers in the UK some time before he was murdered to check the accuracy of his own obituary. Recently, an obit for a member of Kennedy's Cabinet in the most prestigious Irish daily managed to get the year of Bobby Kennedy's assassination wrong. Twice. When I phoned to correct them, they wanted to know what my "agenda" was. My "agenda" was simple. Accuracy in the paper of record, I told them.


    Exactly. That's it.
    Cheers
     
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    I wonder how many Bots on these forums heart skipped.
     
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    Erm, that's actually awesome. How often does someone get to read their own obit?
     

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