For anyone who thought CNBC provided a service other than entertainment , Comedy Central’s John Stewart took the entire CNBC crew to task on the Daily Show this week after being “bailed out” by Rick Santelli.
For anyone who remembers the talking-to John Stewart gave to now-defunct CNN gabfest Crossfire and its hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson, the CNBC crew should be thinking about cleaning up its act or suffering the a similar fate. Crossfire is no more, Begala and Carlson have done no more than make cameo appearances as “commentators” on others’ political talk shows and CNN still lacks a headline political debate program to replace Crossfire’s former glory. CNBC’s bad calls, failure to do real journalism at times, growing competition from Bloomberg TV and Fox Business and the fact that they are owned by GE (whose stock price slips day by day) does not portend anything good. John Stewart may just be a comic, but comedy is also social commentary. Go ask Tucker or Paul!