There have been more than a few excellent and pithy observations from the keyboard of Digby over the years, but this one is up there:

I just saw Erin Burnett on Bill Maher and I honestly think Britney Spears could do as well.

Well, at least Erin, Larry Kudlow, Jim Cramer and the rest of CNBC’s cast of white dwarfs will not be discussing one thing in detail — their parent company is not exactly doing well, dragged down by its own faulty financial department, G.E. Capital…

the company’s stock, which had been $17 a share just a couple of months ago, dropped to under $6

But don’t worry…GE knows what CNBC is good for and it isn’t journalism:

On Thursday morning, the company’s chief financial officer, Keith Sherin, appeared on CNBC, which G.E. conveniently owns, and offered a passionate defense of the company.

And why would his employees challenge him? That would be like disclosing GE’s defense industry connections when reporting on the Pentagon budget, which just isn’t done.

Forget reporting, unless it is fawning, especially over the boss, it is all screaming all-the-time at CNBC.



In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .