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CNBC’s Rick Santelli and WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath Go At It

So, in a nutshell, Ben Bernanke said some things and then the markets tumbled.

But in the run-up to the Fed chairman speaking at a press conference this afternoon, following the Fed policy committee’s two-day meeting, the cable business networks spent hours discussing what he might say and what it might mean. The award for the most bombastic conversation of the day  (and isn’t that what it’s about?) goes to CNBC’s Rick Santelli and the Wall Street Journal‘s chief economics correspondent Jon Hilsenrath. I’m starting to think Santelli doesn’t really cotton to the economics types.

Santelli said Hilsenrath, and other Fed reporters, ask softball questions at Bernanke’s rare press availabilities. Hilsenrath called out Santelli for being a doomsayer.

“Part of me holding people accountable is holding people like you accountable, Rick” said Hilsenrath. “Good. Ask me anything pal,” Santelli shot back.

Watch after the jump…

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CNBC Breaks News on Bloomberg Terminal Snooping Scandal

CNBC is reporting on competitor Bloomberg over accusations Bloomberg journalists used the company’s data terminals to track and gain information on users, in some cases, government officials.

Both the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury Department are examining the extent Bloomberg terminal usage by top officials might have been tracked, CNBC’s Steve Liesman reports.

CNBC talked with a former Bloomberg employee who says he accessed usage information of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He said he did it ”just for fun” and as a way “to show how powerful” the Bloomberg terminals were.

CNBC got a response from a Bloomberg spokesperson who said, “What you are reporting is untrue” but declined to respond when asked what specifically was inaccurate. He also would not say whether the company had investigated journalist access to the terminals.

Bloomberg CEO Dan Doctoroff released a statement saying, “Last month we changed our policy so that all reporters only have access to the same customer-relationship data available to our clients.” Doctoroff added: “reporters could not see news stories that clients read, or the securities they viewed.”

CNBC competes with Bloomberg in reporting and distributing business news on TV and online.

Diane Sawyer Interviews Ben Bernanke

Diane Sawyer hopped an early train to Washington, DC this morning where she has just wrapped up an interview with chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke. Bernanke’s comments yesterday indicating the economy is on the mend gave the markets a boost. Bernanke has been at the helm of the central bank since 2006. Sawyer returns to New York this afternoon to anchor “World News.” That’s where you can see her sit-down.

Ben Bernanke Holds First-Ever News Conference

It is rare to hear from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, unless it’s when he’s called to Capitol Hill to testify. (There was also the Scott Pelley profile on “60 Minutes” two years ago.) But with the U.S. economy sputtering along, growing concern about the national debt and what the Federal Reserve has done about it, the Fed chairman decided to meet the press, holding his first ever news conference today. The business networks carried the hour long Q&A between 2:15 and 3:15pmET.

CNN carried about five minutes of it and,with anchor Christine Romans, discussed the news from the Fed: holding interest rates near zero. Fox News’s Martha MacCallum characterized the rarity of the Bernanke newser as “something very unusual” and mentioned that it would be streaming on FoxNews.com.

Ben Bernanke is TIME Person of the Year

At 7:18ET this morning, Time managing editor Richard Stengel revealed the magazine’s Person of the Year was Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. The folks over at CNBC were watching and mentioned Bernanke as the pick within a minute of the announcement on “Today,” although Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen mumbled, “Tiger, should have been Tiger.”

After his “Today” show hit, Stengel was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” at 7:34am and on CNBC at 7:52am

Interestingly, the magazine once again went outside the Time Warner corporate family and made the announcement on “Today,” the #1 morning news show, rather than on CNN.

“60 Minutes” Up Double Digits, Finishes As 13th Most-Watched Show, Best in Nine Years

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Venerable “60 Minutes” has just wrapped up its best season in seven years averaging 14.29 million Total Viewers — good enough to rank as the 13th most-watched broadcast show of the 2008-09 season, its best ranking since the 1999-’00 season. The last time “60″ had as many viewers was the 2001-’02 season when the newsmagazine averaged 14.85m.

“60 Minutes” scored with Steve Kroft‘s first post-election interview with Pres.-elect Obama, the first interview with hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger conducted by Katie Couric and Scott Pelley‘s interview of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The show grew 10% in Total Viewers and 8% in A18-49 viewers.

Said CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said, “I credit [EP] Jeff Fager and his team for once again setting the standard for the entire industry. With respect to quality, relevance and television ratings, 60 Minutes is truly in a class by itself.”

Added Fager, “It has been an extraordinary season by every measure and it makes us proud that our gains came with important interviews and solid reporting on the big stories of the year.”

MSNBC Producers Asked Not To Highlight Cramer/Stewart

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.

JCramer_3.13.bmpOn Cramer’s network, CNBC, the subject has only come up twice today, including when master marketer/CNBC personality Donny Deutsch brought it up briefly around 1pm on “Power Lunch.” “I’m a huge Jon Stewart fan,” said Deutsch, “He does what he does he does his job. But I’m also a huge Jim Cramer fan. He sticks up for the little guy, he cares, he puts his neck out, and I respect that. I respect both those guys.”

Cramer appeared on his regular “Stop Trading” segment during “Street Signs.” But the Daily Show did not come up. With anchor Erin Burnett in Washington, the discussion was about banking policy and the Federal Reserve, ending with Cramer saying, “Ben Bernanke‘s got the magic.” (A far cry from Cramer’s “Wake-Up” call to Bernanke in August ’07.)

Insiders tell TVNewser Cramer will talk about Stewart tonight on “Mad Money” (6pmET & 11pmET).

Earlier on TVNewser: Cramer a No-Show on “Morning Joe”; No Clips Played on “Today” Show

The Ticker (p.m. edition): Giffords, Pelley, B-Cast…

> For the first time in more than 15 years, Kathie Lee Gifford will be joined by her husband, Frank Gifford, to host a morning show. Frank fills in for Hoda Kotb (who’s back Monday) tomorrow for the 10am hour of the Today show.

> Scott Pelley‘s interview with Ben Bernanke, the first interview with a sitting Federal Reserve chairman in 20 years, airs Sunday on 60 Minutes. The double-length segment includes an interview with Bernanke from his hometown of Dillon, S.C.

> Breitbart.TV’s “The B-Cast” co-hosts Scott Baker and Liz Stephans were two of the many who attended Tuesday’s TVNewser Summit. Click continued to see their take on the biggest surprises, the most disappointing revelations and “the question” from our boss, Laurel Touby (and I call in as well)…

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