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Television and newspapers react to Jobs' death

The mainstream media reacts both on television and in newspapers to the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Don Reisinger
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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple

Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs' death has both shocked the world and become an important topic of discussion in the mainstream media.

Just minutes after Jobs' death was announced, newspapers made the Apple co-founder's death the top headline on their sites. As of this writing, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other prominent newspapers around the world are leading with Jobs' death.

The New York Times, for example, has called Jobs a "visionary," that led a "cultural transformation in the way music, movies, and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age." It's a similar sentiment from the Wall Street Journal, which says Jobs "changed the way people think about technology." USA Today added that Jobs "transformed personal use of technology."

In addition to U.S.-based newspapers, several prominent newspapers around the world have also made Jobs' death their top headline, including the The Times of India, which called Jobs a "visionary."

Apple announced earlier tonight that Steve Jobs had died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In a statement, Apple said that "the world is immeasurably better because of Steve," adding that he was the "source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives."

Outside of newspapers, television networks are also chronicling the life of Steve Jobs. CNN is holding special coverage of Jobs' death, interviewing several figures with insight into his professional life, and discussing what the Apple co-founder's impact was on both Silicon Valley and the mainstream market.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined Anderson Cooper on CNN tonight, saying that Jobs' death has left him "dumb-founded," adding that "can't put his mind into gear, can't do things. It's kind of like when John Lennon died [or] JFK. It's like there's a big hole left in you."

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CNBC followed CNN's lead, discussing Jobs' contributions to the world, and talking about the impact he has had on the business world. Bloomberg television has dedicated its broadcast to Jobs, bringing analysts and other folks from the financial industry on to discuss Jobs' death, and what it might mean for the business world, as a whole.

However, not all networks focused their programming around Jobs. News networks, like Fox News and MSNBC, have so far dedicated their programming to politics but have provided comments on Jobs' death in the scroll at the bottom of their shows. Major networks have also kept their regular programming on.

Several prominent figures have been quoted by newspapers and television networks in reports on Jobs' death, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who said that "it's been an insanely great honor" to work with Jobs, adding that he "will miss Steve immensely."

However, it's President Barack Obama's comments that have perhaps received the most attention from the mainstream media. In a statement, the president said that Jobs was one of the greatest innovators the world has seen.

"Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs," President Obama said in a statement. "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators--brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."