Alas, we are not talking about the media collective effort to ignore over 100,000 Americans taking to the street yesterday. No, we are not talking about the consistent, elistist, sneering, left-wing slant of all the major dalies and cable news shows.
We are talking about possible anti-Obama bias at...CNBC:
THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they've turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.
"It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind," a source familiar with the powwow told us. "There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There's great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy."
One topic under the microscope, our insider said, was on-air CNBC editor Rick Santelli's rant two months ago about staging a "Chicago Tea Party" to protest the president's bailout programs -- an idea that spawned tax protest tea parties in other big cities, infuriating the White House.
Wow...where do I begin? How about...here:
1) Doesn't CNBC, as a business network, have to - as a point of honesty - be critical of a president who is so visibly hostile towards business and money-making?
2) As MSNBC is the most overtly pro-Obama, pro-Democrat, pro-adminstration network available in any nation - dictators don't get such uncritical, glowing praise from their own handpicked state press - doesn't a little honesty from CNBC create a sort of balance between the two for GE? Power is fleeting; shouldn't these guys be hedging their bets anyway?
3) Does GE ever look at the ratings and realize that FOX News, accused of being the "conservative nutjob network" because it dares to present two points of views, has more viewers than CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Headline News, BBC America, and the US al-Jazeera feed combined? Does that give these genuises, any, you know...ideas on how they should be running their business?
Wonder if they are more concerned about the political repecussions of criticizing the president (and who was he "infuriated" with, anyway? Santelli for his rant, CNBC for broadcasting it, or the Tea Partiers for daring to oppose Him?) than about truth in reporting and running a profitable news organization....
Nah. That would never happen in America....right?