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Bartiromo’s Thain Interview: “A Nice Example of a Television Journalist Simply Doing Her Job”

Bartiromo_2.2.bmpNPR’s David Folkenflik applauds CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo for her interview with former BofA executive John Thain.

Bartiromo has been accused at times of being too cozy with the financial giants she interviews – a charge that has also been leveled more generally at CNBC and at TV financial news shows. A column in the New York Post, a corporate sibling of the rival Fox Business Network, insinuates that Bartiromo only got the interview because she shares a publicity agent with Thain. If so, Thain was mistaken if he thought this appearance would buff his image.

But, Folkenflik figures, in this interview, “She strips him bare.” He does a line-by-line through the transcript and concludes: “This wasn’t great investigative journalism. But it was a nice example of a television journalist simply doing her job.”

> On the flipside, HuffPo’s Adam Green writes about NBC’s “Erin Burnett problem.” Green says Burnett “serves as an apologist for Wall Street’s worst practices.”

> Update: Jim Cramer comes to Erin Burnett’s defense: “The bozo who attacked you clearly didn’t understand or didn’t watch or I don’t know what he did. But the attack was unwarranted.” More after the jump…

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A Bartiromo-Thain Non-Disclosure?

bartiromo_1-28.bmpCNBC’s Maria Bartiromo got the first exclusive interview with former Bank of America president John Thain on Monday. Today, Page Six questions why there was no disclosure given for the interview.

“[Bartiromo] and Thain both pay public relations guru Ken Sunshine to represent them, and he apparently helped set up the exclusive,” writes the New York Post.

“I’ve always thought that the guy has integrity,” said Bartiromo earlier in the day. Click here to see the full interview.

A CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “There is no conflict and there is no surprise. Of course John Thain appeared first on CNBC.”

> Update: An insider close to the situation tells TVNewser Thain only hired Ken Sunshine this past Sunday and that Bartiromo had already booked Thain as a guest for her coverage from Davos this week. When Thain was fired last week the interview was moved up to this past Monday.

This morning we asked FBN’s Liz Claman during the “Menu” podcast her take on the non-disclosure. Click continued to hear her thoughts, including what she would have asked Thain (the discussion begins at about 9:00)…

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Why is This Man Smiling, Part II

moonves_8-22.JPGEarlier this week, there was Part I.

Now, the Associated Press reports today CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves was the 3rd highest paid CEO last year, earning $67.6 million (Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Merrill Lynch’s John Thain were the top two).

All that, despite stock drops over the last two years and significant cuts earlier this year