Should the private life of Apple's new CEO stay private?

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon about his contention that new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s supposed sexuality should be referenced by journalists.  Even before taking over Apple last week, Cook had been listed at the top of Out magazine’s annual Power-50 list.

However, Cook has never publicly commented on his sexuality, nor any other aspect of his personal life.  Salmon assumes that Cook’s lack of complaint about being described as gay confirms the reports’ accuracy.

Our second guest, BNET’s Erik Sherman, thought it would be wrong to even characterize Cook’s sexuality, let alone make a point of it, when the Apple CEO hasn’t been public at all about his personal life.

For me, I was torn about doing this segment.   The topic itself was terrific and elicited superb listener feedback in calls and online comments.  Both of the guests were well spoken and strongly argued their positions.  Had I been a listener, I certainly would’ve stayed tuned in.

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