During CNBC’s coverage of the October jobs report Tuesday, economics reporter Steve Liesman lay the blame for the delayed report on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “We’re going to call this the ‘Senator Ted Cruz Jobs Report’,” Liesman said on “Squawk Box.”
“Can we get some music to go along with that, some Mexican music or something?”
Cruz may like Mexican music, but he’s of Cuban descent. He was also born in Canada, so perhaps Liesman should have requested some Bryan Adams, Alanis Morrisette or Justin Bieber, or said nothing at all.
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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 Liesmanreports.
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 Doctoroffreleased 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.
TVNewser hears that new Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is going to be giving his first TV interviews since assuming the post to CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg TV. All of the interviews are being pre-taped, and will air on all three networks at 4:15 PM, after the markets close.
The interviews can be seen as an effort to speak to the Wall Street and business communities. Obviously each interview will be slightly different, but the financial focus of the networks means that the questions will likely be focused on fiscal policy.
This week the World Economic Forum is once again being held in the sleepy ski town of Davos, Switzerland, and the business networks are on the scene to try and score chats with market shakers and world leaders.
CNBC has anchors Maria Bartiromo and Andrew Ross Sorkin in Davos, along with senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Sorkin will co-anchor “Squawk Box” from Davos Wednesday-Friday, while Bartiromo and Liesman will be appearing on various programs throughout the week.
Fox Business Network has Liz Claman in Davos, with coverage kicking off Wednesday at 11 AM, and continuing through Friday.
Bloomberg TV has Erik Schatzker, Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua at the Forum, along with reporter Olivia Sterns. BTV coverage starts at 1 AM ET (6 AM GMT) tomorrow, and continues through Friday. Lacqua will anchor “On the Move,” Keene will anchor “Bloomberg Surveillance” and Schatzker will co-anchor “Market Makers” from Davos.
People across the country today participated in “Spirit Day,” wearing purple as a sign of support for LGBT youth. The movement, started by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, counted several visible people as champions of the anti-bullying cause: morning anchors, evening anchors and cable anchors on several networks were color-coordinated today.
“The markets are the world’s greatest Rubik’s cube,” says CNBC’s Rick Santelli. “And I love solving puzzles.”
In fact, as he provides live updates each weekday from the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) group trading floor, Santelli feels his mission is to put the pieces together, helping viewers figure out where the markets — and the nation’s economy — are headed.
“These are important topics that are going to affect every man, woman, and child in the world,” Santelli tells TVNewser during an interview between live shots, “and I want to do my best job to portray it as I see it in an honest, objective fashion.”
A “Chicago guy that started out as a runner” in 1979 for Shearson, Santelli “worked my way through” as a trader and financial services executive before — by fluke — being asked to provide television commentary.
Santelli discovered he liked TV. He started making guest appearances on CNBC in 1994, joining the network full-time in 1999.
Regular viewers soon came to realize Santelli isn’t exactly shy about debating the news of the day. He’ll mix it up with fellow CNBCers Steve Liesman and Dennis Kneale, among others.
Santelli calls his most heated moments “passionate outbursts, but ‘rants’ is okay [too], I really don’t have a problem with it!”
His most famous rant — against the administration’s Homeowners Affordability and Stability Plan — came in February of last year. The Rant-Heard-’Round-the-World catapulted Santelli into the national consciousness, even drawing a rebuke from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
Nearly a year and a half later, The Rant remains both popular and misunderstood, Santelli says. He wants to set the record straight.
CNBC anchor Rick Santelli has never been shy about expressing his thoughts on what role the government should have during the current economic crisis. He even drew a response from the White House after trashing some of the administration’s policies on-air.
CNBC is preparing to bring Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Nik Deogun on board as the network’s new managing editor, reports the NYTimes.
Talking Biz News reports that Deogun has held the WSJ position since July 2008, overseeing “the paper’s global network of bureaus and correspondents.” Deogun had also been the editor of the Money & Investing section and deputy chief of the Washington bureau.
As managing editor, Mr. Deogun will be responsible for day-to-day business news coverage and long-term strategy. The network’s current managing editor is Tyler Mathisen who, according to a CNBC employee who asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on this issue, will become a vice-president at the network and return to TV as an anchor for “Power Lunch.”
Update: It’s official. Senior VP Jeremy Pink sent a message to CNBC staffers announcing both Mathisen’s promotion and Deogun’s hiring. Deogun will start at CNBC next February.
Obama’s cabinet members are sitting for interviews this week to discuss two of the administration’s top priorities: Afghanistan and the economy.
CNN’s John Roberts nabs the first interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following her appeal to NATO for more troops in Afghanistan. Roberts is co-anchoring “American Morning” this week from Brussels, Belgium. That interview will air Friday starting at 6amET.
This morning, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared on CNBC’s “Sqwuawk Box” with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, Carl Quintanilla, and Steve Liesman to discuss jobs and unemployment. The program was a special edition titled “Squawk Goes to Washington” and was broadcast from the Cash Room at the Treasury Department.
Fox Business Network will have Geithner on this evening, when he will sit down with Liz Claman at 5pmET. It will be the first time Geithner has appeared on FBN. Throughout the day, Neil Cavuto is anchoring for the network from the roof of the commerce building in D.C. for the White House Job Summit.
Yesterday afternoon, Charlie Gibson sat down with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Washington, D.C. following the secretary’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The interview aired on ABC “World News” last evening, which was broadcast from Washington.
> More: Pres. Obama did interviews this morning with Gannett publications USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Gannett TV cameras were also there. So, if you live in a city with a Gannett station (we’re looking at you Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, St. Louis, etc.) you’ll see the interview during your local evening newscast.
> More: FishbowlDC reports that Secretaries Clinton and Gates “will duet on ‘Meet the Press,’ ‘Face the Nation’ and ‘This Week.’ CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ and ‘Fox News Sunday” will be offered another desirable administration guest.”