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Saturday, March 14, 2009
The NBC Total Stewart Blackout: the backlash
It's on. After watching MSNBC intermittantly throughout the day, and seeing not one word ... not one... about the Cramer v. Jon Stewart beat-down that the network had been hyping mercilessly before Cramer got served, I and many other folks wondered, wha happen? Having worked for NBC News a few years ago, from around Chandra Levy to the summer before the 2004 election, I can tell you that while it isn't Fox News, GE/NBC is a corporation, CNBC is a division of that corporation, and while many of us love MSNBC's evening programming, at the end of the day, GE/NBC acts the way any corporation does -- in its own interest.

Anyhoo, when I saw that the Cramer/Stewart showdown didn't make Morning Joe, or the afternoon news, or "Hardball," (except for a passing reference to Cramer by Joan Walsh at the end, which elicited little more than a groan from Chris...) or "Countdown" (I admit I only watched the first few minutes of Maddow, and apparently she did talk about it...,) and zilcho on CNBC's programming today (except for the incresingly sexy Donny Deutsch), I figured the word must have come down from corporate HQ: no need to talk about this. It isnt' good for the "family." I mean, for not a single clip of the exchange to appear, even on "Morning Joe?" Come on. We're loyal viewers, not idiots.

And wouldn't you know it? TV Newser apparently confirms it:

A TVNewser tipster tells us MSNBC producers were asked not to incorporate the Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart interview into their shows today. In fact, the only time it came up on MSNBC was during the White House briefing, when a member of the press corps asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if Pres. Obama watched. Gibbs wasn't sure if the president had, but Gibbs did. "I enjoyed it thoroughly," the Press Secretary said.
... an enterprising KosKid seconds it:

References to the Jim Cramer-Jon Stewart 'debate' in the closed caption data for MSNBC:

Wednesday, 5AM-7PM Eastern: 15
Friday, 5AM-7PM Eastern: 0 (excluding one question in live feed of WH daily briefing)

... and K.O. tries to knock it down:

So I'm reading the TVNewser post for the first time.

Frankly, the guy who posted this, the site's Associate Editor, Steve Krakauer ("SteveK"), is well known around the industry as being entirely in Fox's pocket.

His "MSNBC producers have been told" not to mention this, is, frankly, bullshit.

Have a look at his posts on this otherwise successfully neutral site: they are Fox News and Fox Business Channel press release rewrites, and anonymous criticisms from "industry sources" of people at CNN and MSNBC.
And the big finish:

... So, did Stewart do a good job? Obviously. Did we get ordered not to run it? Nope. Was stirring up rumors about a ban in the interest of a Foxophilic blogger with the credibility of a bush league Drudge? You bet.
Keith, Keith, Keith ... bubbie... I think you're protesting a little too much! And playing the Fox card? Questionable, brother. I'm not saying I know for sure, I'm just sayin' ...

UPDATE: More Keith 'splanation. Read it and see if you buy in. Most dubious:
... we do in fact give weight to stories based on how much they are covered by the older newscasts and organizations. In other words, if it's going to be on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, etc., that brings it down a notch in our evaluation of its worthiness in our show. Our show is primarily about trying to give airtime to stories that are not on ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox.
Really? You mean like Octomom, or the Santelli flap, or the Limbaugh nonsense, all of which is being thoroughly slogged through, like, everywhere, and still manages to get on MSNBC? Really? And in addition:
I'm not going to spend part of a show, for fear of having to spend part of every show, explaining why I gate-kept on a particular story.
Except that ya ahre, Blanche. Ya ahre explaining why you gate-kept... I love K.O., but this time, I'm not buying it.


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posted by JReid @ 12:06 AM  
Friday, March 13, 2009
For Cramer: a bad moon rising
Cramer: Passing into the dustbin of cable history?
Soon to have a
new show on Air America after a
couple of years doing pharmaceutical commercials?
Or just a guy in search of a little love...?

After taking his ass-whupping like a man ... well, okay, like a really meek man ... Jim Cramer's problems just mount and mount, kind of like a bear market for derivatives! Not even the TOTAL STEWART BLACK-OUT on MSNBC today, ALL DAY, including Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow (can't you just see the memo from Jeff Immelt? "We will not be discussing the Daily Show incident on this network. Period." UPDATE: blackout confirmed by TVNewser....) could spare Cramer from the bad news:

The CEO of his webco, The, quit ... the company's stock price is down to about two candy bars a share ... and his "Mad Money" ratings have been down ever since Stewart first took him on. Not cute.

Meanwhile, per TVNewser, it seems the only one not participating in the Soviet style information black-out (WE DON'T MENTION IT, THEREFORE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN...) was Cramer himself, who had this to say at the top of tonight's "Mad":

Before we get started, I want to say something about -- about what happened yesterday. A lot of people are talking about what happened. I want to be very clear...that although I was clearly outside of my safety zone, I have the utmost respect for this person. And for the work that they do, no matter how uncomfortable it was to be on. So I want you to take a look at this clip from yesterday of Cramer versus Stewart.
Oh, wait ... he then played a clip from his appearance earlier yesterday on
Martha Stewart's show. Oh, the hilarity! ... I stand corrected. Blackout was total, comrades. Das vidanya.

Mas: Can't get enough? Watch Jim Cramer get OWNED by Jon Stewart again, as if for the first time, here.


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posted by JReid @ 11:41 PM  
The Stewart v. Cramer beat-down: the reviews
The NBC family may not want to deal with it, but the reviews on the Jon Stewart thrashing of Jim Cramer are positively brutal. A sampling:

Jon Stewart uses sports term, then hammers Cramer


Jon Stewart thrashes Jim Cramer


It's true: Jon Stewart has become Edward R. Murrow

Atlantic Online

After Being Eviscerated By Jon Stewart, Cramer Skips Morning Show ...

Think Progress

Brawl Street: Jon Stewart beats Jim Cramer by TKO


Meanwhile the NYT Opinionator blog picks up the back and forth Twittering between Joe Scarborough and the "elites" who don't get that the real point is that Cramer is sad because fellow Democrats are "turning on him..." Whatever, Joe.

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