No More Obama Bashing at CNBC?

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting today, of a “secret” meeting called by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss the concern at the top that perhaps, CNBC has become known as the anti-Obama network. The “intense” dinner meeting supposedly lasted three hours. No reports were forthcoming on what conclusions, if any, the NBC powers that be arrived at, or whether on-air talent was told to lighten up on the rhetoric.

Jim Cramer was said to have been invited, but not Rick Santelli, famous (notorious?) for his on-air rant bashing the financial bailout, calling people who were in foreclosure, losers. Santelli was criticized by many, for his bizarre rant, calling for a Chicago type tea party protest on the floor of the Chicago Exchange, surrounded by wealthy traders.

Santelli went on to say that Obama’s plan not to immediately foreclose on people and throw them out into the streets, rewards “bad behavior.”

Santelli’s rant was supposedly a topic of discussion at the meeting. His call for a Chicago Tea Party protest inspired right-wing conservatives to organize tea party events, protesting president Obama’s bailout plan and taxes.

Then of course there is Jim Cramer, of “Mad Money,” who likened President Obama to Russian communist, Vladimir Lenin, said Obama was a wealth-destruction president, referred to Obama’s budget as a “radical agenda,” and the list goes on.

An unnamed source at the secret pow-wow with the top brass from NBC, told the New York Post that the talk of Obama bashing at the meeting “was kind of creepy.”

CNBC executive Brian Steel, dismissed reports of a secret meeting with Obama bashing as the agenda, saying the meeting was a congratulatory dinner to thank CNBC staff for all their hard work during the financial crisis.

The unnamed source says otherwise. Note to CNBC, if you have to ask if you are an anti-Obama network, then you probably are.



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