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April 16, 2009

Finally: GE Warns MSNBC About Bias

Wait, did I say MSNBC? My mistake. CNBC.

"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. Oddly, Santelli was not at the meeting, while Jim Cramer was, noted our source, who added that no edict was ultimately handed down by the network chieftains.

No edict was handed down? Oh, how comforting. Just your corporate bosses giving you a "friendly warning" then, I guess. No edict. They're as free as ever to voice their opinions without fear of corporate repercussions whatsoever.

GE thinks that a network shouldn't bash a President too much?

Really?

When did they decide that? Near as I can figure it, the sea-change in thinking occurred January 20, 2009. I wonder if that date has any significance.

In honor of GE's bold decision to protect the President of the United States -- who, it turns out, is a bit of a cake-eating pansy -- here's a collection of unicorns and pegasi drawn on black velvet, from DaryIT.


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