As we segue from the golden age of bashing the media to the golden age of eulogizing the media, I’d like to pause for a moment to admire an example of a journalist doing her job…Consider what Bartiromo does in this interview. She strips him bare.
This wasn’t great investigative journalism. (Nor, for that matter, was the disclosure by CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino that Thain’s driver was making $230,000 a year in pay and bonuses, though it was a damning little nugget.) But it was a nice example of a television journalist simply doing her job.
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Dan Abrams caused a bit of a stir last month when he announced he was starting the media consulting firm Abrams Research, but lately it’s beginning to look as though he might just be at the forefront of a new trend. First off is a story from AdAge about the formation by NBC of a women’s “panel” comprised of such luminaries as Maria Bartiromo, Meredith Vieira, Tori Spelling, and Susan Lyne who have been brought together to offer “marketing and general business advice to NBC Universal and its clients on how to reach women.”
The group will also blog, write and appear on air for the media company’s women-oriented properties and contribute to a quarterly newsletter, “Power of the Purse,” covering marketing to the demographic and the latest female trends. The panel will convene for the first time Feb. 10. In effect, it could become the most powerful female-focused agency in the country.
The article goes on to note that members will be able to “recuse themselves if necessary to avoid conflicts.” Meanwhile, some folks attending the CES out in Las Vegas (where our own Chris Ariens is at), appear to be taking “consulting” to an extreme.
Last night’s book party celebrating the publication of Newsweek head Jon Meacham‘s new book about Andrew Jackson, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, certainly attracted some big names (and presidential trivia buffs it turns out). Spotted by FBNY in the crowd of revelers at Newsweek‘s offices overlooking Columbus Circle (which was more or less shut down last night by Prop 8 protesters) were Brian Williams, Tom Wolfe, Liz Smith, Maria Bartiromo, Tammy Haddad, Jon Meacham (obviously), Jonathan Alter, Rachel Sklar, Richard Cohen, and a whole slew of other important looking people we couldn’t quite place. Not surprisingly much of the talk revolved around the recent election, which led us to wonder a) why a book about Jackson now? And b) who was everyone else’s favorite president. First of all, it turns out that Jackson is not Meacham’s favorite president, FDR is. Meacham told us he chose to focus on Jackson because of the early 19th century presidents Jackson is most similar to our modern day ones in both his strengths and his flaws. One of Meacham’s researchers, Louisa Thomas (also a Vogue and Newsweek contributor), told us she thought the interest stemmed from the fact that both Meacham and Jackson hailed from Tennessee. (Truth be told when we were kids Jackson was our favorite president because he was the best-looking one on the money, which Tammy Haddad thought was hysterical. This affinity lasted right up until we read about the Indian removal).
Brian Williams told us his favorite president was also FDR but that Lyndon Johnson held a special place in his heart (apparently BriWi has listened to more than 600 hours of Johnson phone conversations). Other tidbits you may not be aware of: according to BriWi Johnson was actually the one who had the phone wires installed in the White House (thereby contributing in his own way to Nixon’s demise), apparently there is a photo somewhere of Nixon and Johnson crawling around the residence as Johnson explains how it all works. Also? Woodrow Wilson is the most overrated and Americans love to forgive their presidents (i.e. Truman) so perhaps Bush still has a shot at the history books. There’s more! Tom Wolfe responded to our question by apologizing for having such an obvious pick.
Vanity Fair couldn’t have asked for better timing with regards to their upcoming feature on CNBC’s (“money honey”) Maria Bartiromo. Of course, Wall Street bailout aside, what would a profile of a smart, attractive woman be if it didn’t include a catfight?!
As for their rivalry…The rumors, both women say, have been a little creepy. “There was a point,” says Burnett, ‘when they were running this stuff semi-regularly, and Maria and I, one of us would pick up the phone and call the other and just be like, ‘Hey, that’s really nasty.’ You can’t deny that makes you feel awkward. Both people are like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God’ — you know it’s not true, but you don’t know where it’s coming from.” To be sure, there has been competition between them. “If there weren’t, people would say we weren’t working hard enough,” says Bartiromo.
As for the “fishbowl” remark, sadly for us Bartiromo was actually referring to life after rumors of an affair with Citigroup head Todd Thomson surfaced, but hey, you can never be sure who’s reading you.
FishbowlNY, January 30:
Which ‘Money Honey’ Is The Hottest?
If you’ve been following the CNBC/Maria Bartiromo/Citicorp/”Money Money” trademark story — and really, who isn’t — you’ve heard the rumor that Bartiromo’s recent trademark of the term is related to her jealousy of the newer “money honies” at the network (see: Erin Burnett). But does she really have anything to worry about? Is there really a “Maria 2.0″?
Maria Bartiromo 2.0
Since her CNBC debut in 1993, Maria Bartiromo‘s status as Wall Street’s anchorwoman has largely gone unchallenged. That is, until Erin Burnett came along. The host of Street Signs and co-anchor of Squawk on the Street, Burnett is being dubbed “Maria 2.0″ by her fans, business bloggers are anointing her CNBC’s new superstar, and message boards are debating her merits and her makeup.
Somehow, we doubt Condi will get derailed like Michael Moore last week:
CNBC MEDIA ALERT: CNBC’S MARIA BARTIROMO INTERVIEWS SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE ON “CLOSING BELL” TODAY AT 4:20 PM
What: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be interviewed on “Closing Bell”
When: Wednesday, July 6th at 4:20 PM ET
Where: CNBC’s “Closing Bell”
In a sit down interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Rice will discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s U.S. visit, U.S.-China relations, the war in Iraq and the Middle East. Transcript to follow.
CMT’s must-see TeeVee:Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. CMT has ordered up 6 episodes for an August premiere. The show follows 8 celebrities as they attempt the wild world of bull riding. Who’ll get bucked first?
Tom Cruise loves to dress up in uniform, and thus will star in a film directed by Bryan Singer about a plot to assassinate Hitler.
CNBCgoes for CEO Dad as a animated series, based on the comic strip drawn by Tom Stern.
From Michael Schneider, the hardest working man at Variety:
George Foreman joins American Inventor as a judge.
FOX renews Prison Break.
CBS orders gameshow pilot Power of 10, where contestants can will up to $10 million.
The Bay City Rollers are suing Arista Records, claiming they’re owed millions in back royalties. No mention if Maria Bartiromo is being sued for use of Money Honey.
Jawdropping journalistic judgment out of Englewood Cliffs yesterday: CNBC’s “Honey Honey” scandalmonger Maria Bartiromo nabbed an “exclusive” interview with Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill.
You’ll recall Bartiromo’s, uh, sordid recent history with the company.
A pair of TVNewser readers agree: “Have they lost all ethical thought and reason in Englewood Cliffs? I sat there with a stunned look on my face the whole time the interview was going on.” … “Just the hint of scandal makes the interview stupid from a P.R. point of view. Why risk credibility with viewers by giving the interview to Bartiromo?”
Yeah, why not give the interview to newly-annointed “money honey” Becky Quick?
- Jeff Zucker: One day in as NBC CEO, lashes out at YouTube. [FT]
- ‘Homophobic’ Snickers Super Bowl Ad: Scrapped after complaints. [WaPo]
- Liz Claman: CNBC’s anti-Maria Bartiromo. Marketwatch
- Brooklyn Senator: Proposes cell, iPod, Blackberry ban when crossing NYC streets. [Gothamist]
- NYO: Still prepping relaunch. [Eat The Press]
- Kate Stelter: Author of SocialiteRank.com? [Daily Intel]
The votes are in, and it appears Maria Bartiromo‘s “Money Honey” fears weren’t so irrational after all. Ladies and gentleman, your new “money honey”: Squawk Box co-anchor Becky Quick.
Some fun facts about Ms. Quick — she’s 34, a Wall Street Journal vet and Rutgers University grad (class of ’93, Poli-Sci major). Quick was even editor-in-chief of the Daily Targum, Rutgers’ student newspaper. She joined CNBC in 2001. She even has a fan site maintained by “fans of Becky Quick, and most of us have never even met her.”
But Quick wasn’t the only “money honey” candidate to garner praise. Some anonymous commentary:
- Sue Herrera: Dark smoldering eyes of a woman who knows how to watch her money!