If you don’t watch cable financial news channel CNBC, the following post will mean nothing to you.
I promise you won’t see this kind of post very often. In the morning, I often turn my television to CNBC. I don’t know how much longer I will continue this practice. I like to know what is going on in the world, especially in the world of money. I like to expose myself to differing thoughts and opinions. But sadly it seems that the recent financial crisis and the election of President Obama have had a negative effect on the broadcasting at CNBC.
The radicals and enemies of the middle class and American work have come to the forefront. With additional sadness, I’ve watched as these corporate SHILLS have started to dominate the discussion of American business on CNBC. A disturbing “point of view” has emerged that isn’t limited to Larry Kudlow and Melissa Francis, the shrill skreech of both Dennis Kneale and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera often shout down the more moderate voices of both their guests and their fellow “deskmates” Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera. Perhaps, as I’ve said, I’ll just have to turn it off … but in the meantime I’ve written an open letter to the people at CNBC detailing my outrage.
THE CALL is the name of the morning program that features Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow.
To whom it may concern at CNBC:
Why don’t Melissa Francis and Larry Kudlow just say, “We’re 100% behind f*&#ing the American worker and f*&#ing the American consumer. Rich people are smarter than poor people, that’s why they’re rich and why poor people are poor. Rich people deserve to be richer and poor people deserve to be poorer and the government should insure that this process continues. And we don’t really need a middle class as long as the crumbs effectively trickle down to the homeless and nearly homeless.”
Isn’t it time these two corporate STOOGES reveal their prejudices? C’mon, just be honest. Stop the pretense. You’ve sold out. You have no journalistic distance or credibility.
Do either of these fugitives from FOX NEWS belong to a broadcasters union?
I think CNBC could make a lot more money if they got rid of the horrible and unnecessary labor costs involved in THEIR salaries. Show these corporate SHILLS the door. In this economy CNBC can EASILY find someone who can do it cheaper and better. (Larry and Melissa would agree that it is CNBC’s corporate responsibility to do so.)
How much benefit could CNBC see in the long run if CNBC were to declare bankruptcy so that the broadcasters contracts could be voided. And while you’re at it, void everyone’s contract: producers, camera-men, technicians … there must be a HUGE opportunity here to improve the profit margins if CNBC could pay all these people minimum wage.
Hey, there are HUGE corporate benefits to high unemployment. It becomes a buyer’s market for all employees. It doesn’t matter that lives get destroyed. Ask Melissa and Larry, human lives don’t matter … only capital investment has any real value.
And given their expressed opinions, both Larry and Melissa would by HYPOCRITES if they objected to their own dismissals. Whatever is good for the “open” market is good for everyone … right?
If Larry Kudlow and Melissa Francis are not Anti-American middle class … I’d love to hear their philosophy. From what I hear, neither are more sophisticated than a very thinly veiled … “whatever is good for me and my rich friends is good for everyone.”
That isn’t really philosophy … that is myopic selfishness. If you can’t see more of the big picture then what is good for your friends, the people you meet as a business journalist and the end of your nose, then you don’t deserve your job.
Melissa Francis seems like a victim of brainwashing.
Larry Kudlow is delusional and the enemy of every working American.
Please replace both of them with voices of reason and common sense. We don’t need any more divisive radicals, we need people who can see the big picture, not just shill for their friends and themselves. We need people who are interested in eliminating the evils (and extremely high costs) of poverty, not supporting the continued and accelerated redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to the corporate raiders, rapers and strip miners.
That’s my version of the story.
— Dave Olbrich (DWO) Monday, June 1, 2009
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