Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Big Media: Need Some Cheese To Go With That Whine?

In the Jon Stewart media wars, NBC Universal Chief Exec. Jeff Zucker thought it would be a good idea to chime in.  
"Everybody wants to find a scapegoat. That's human nature," Zucker said during a keynote address at a media industry conference. "But to suggest that the business media or CNBC was responsible for what is going on now is absurd."

"Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn't make it so," Zucker said, describing the comedian's comments as "completely out of line."--from "NBC boss: Jon Stewart's criticism absurd, unfair"
Wait a minute.  Isn't this how Cramer got skewered?  By opening his big mouth and opening himself up to scrutiny.  I'm sort of curious what happens with this.  Oh, by the way, Jeff, never heckle a comedian--it rarely works in your favor.  Apparently, Jeff didn't like what Jon said to Cramer last Thursday:
"Listen, you knew what the banks were doing, yet were touting it for months and months," Stewart said during his March 12 show. "The entire network was. Now to pretend that this was some sort of crazy, once-in-a-lifetime tsunami that nobody could have seen coming is disingenuous at best and criminal at worst."--Jon Stewart, Daily Show
Stewart's been on a roll.  I found this from 3.6.09 to be hilarious.
I "get it" that the business pundits are talking about how Wall Street and the business community feel about Obama's performance as CEO of America, Inc., but the fact of the matter is the business press, nay, all press, is doing whatever it takes to gain audience.  Lest we forget, NBC's hard-hitting infotainment Datelines on To Catch a Predator, which, by the way I think should have been hosted by Helen Lovejoy:
Well, isn't Jon Stewart doing the same thing?  Being controversial just to gain audience?  Perhaps, but I tend to agree with his stance that he's not pretending to be actual "news," while these other news programs are.

As I've said elsewhere, there is an irony that it takes a satirist to open dialogues on these media issues.  Let's see if anyone is willing to address the single-payer health care issue.

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