Monday, August 20, 2012
CNBC has a habit of reporters interviewing reporters, or "Round table Discussions" among reporters about how each of them should perceive and wax-on about reality.
It's bad enough that I have to listen to the out-dated "traders" on their panels try to look and sound brilliant by applying a completely hedged option strategy that would be absolutely good for nothing - let alone almost guarantee a measly loss than any real gain.
But CNBC has morphed into a strange outlet for non-market news complete with bias.
Meet John Harwood.
He is the CNBC "Washington Correspondent".
Today, the big story was not Romney sustaining a one-week lead in the polls over Hussein, or how the Hussein campaign has yet to refrain from gutter politics, or how Joe Biden's statements were and still are pretty reprehensible, or how Rudy Giuliani and Bob Schiffer told Dick Durbin that the Obama campaign is indefensible in its use of gutter politics and outright distortions.
Really - This is news!
No, today's "Big CNBC Squawk Box Story" was about some idiot - Rep Todd Akin - that made stupid statement regarding abortion and rape.
Outside of his constituency - Akin is not really anywhere near a spokesman for the GOP or Conservatism.
CNBC found a Republican that made a stupid statement and of course Romney and Ryan should be linked to this immediately. They weren't too enthused about how Romney and Ryan immediately condemned this statement, because they would have reported it, but began to "spin the news" into a fabrication of national outrage among women, most notably John Harwood's two daughters - and of course they are both of voting age.
He and the other people that never saw the working side of a trading desk agonized "on cue" as if they didn't expect "Scoop Harwood" from divulging this brief moment of insanity by a little-known elected official.
And of course the moral relevance and alluding in context that his girls were somehow "turned-off" by the statement. Not that they have no opinion of Joe Biden's chronicle of oral diarrhea, but because John decided to reduce his daughters to represent one-issue voters. I imagine they are not as dumb as their dad makes them out to be. I'm sure they have opinions on the economy, jobless numbers and student loan debt.
Not for "Scoop Harwood" - His Daughters are old enough to vote and if they would so choose - abort their own offspring, therefore their opinion is only relevant when the media (Daddy) can lump them into the Abortion Box.
This is liberalism in a nutshell: the compartmentalisation of minority groups into little easy-to-digest pieces.
Easy to digest, easy to reference and predictably - to be deployed to construct phony straw-arguments.
Heaven forbid a woman decides to speak outside the confines of the Democrat/Liberal Women's Agenda Box, or they be met with scorn and intervention the likes of which would make a scientologist blush.
The echo chamber replied with a dull thud. Even Becky Quick and Andrew Sorkin couldn't bulldozer this mole-hill into a mountain.Becky ginned-up the "I am a women too" and Sorkin... well, he's a ... ?
Try as they did, the story hit the floor like a day-old plate of egg-salad, and no body bit on the rancid bait.
They did have a non-reporter guest on. I did catch Sorkin fighting the bile duct when his guest mentioned that while the market has done well, there is no confidence in the market to come. This - as the guest reasoned- is because of Hussein's lack leadership. So the guest vocalized his opposition to Hussein and Sorkin had to excuse himself.
Oh - and the other moment of Squawk Box Fun was a clip of Nancy "Plastic Surgery on Our Dime" Pelosi as a guest on some Late Night TV show (Jimmy Fallon) that is probably suffering in the ratings. The Story: Isn't it Cheeky How Pelosi claims she doesn't know Ryan that well because.... <punchline> She Never Goes to the Gym!
Har-dee-har-har! A million laughs, Nan!
Schtick like this hasn't been heard since Match Game with Gene Rayburn, and it should stay there.
Now - Obama is on TV - Big Camera Clicking Solemn Press Conference denouncing the Akin's comments.
It only took him a half-a-day. He just spent an eternity explaining nothing.
Smell the Veal...
Posted by ikaika at 12:37 PM