TV political ad question

Richard Chonak
Fri Aug 3 15:37:08 EDT 2012

On 08/03/2012 03:19 PM, Donna Halper wrote:
> On 8/3/2012 2:03 PM, Richard Chonak wrote:
>> It seems that NBC was another case, as Jeff Immelt's got a reputation 
>> for having called in CNBC staff and told them to go easy on Mr. Obama 
>> -- at least business reporter Charlie Gasparino says he did.  I 
>> suppose he did so for the sake of GE's financial interests, but 
>> interference is interference, whether it's done for corporate 
>> financial reasons or ideological reasons.
> Umm, don't necessarily want to go here, but there is no credible 
> evidence of this.  CNBC has been very critical of Mr Obama, as they 
> were at times with Mr Bush.  The idea that CNBC goes easy on Mr Obama 
> can be refuted by watching the network regularly (as my husband 
> does).  CNBC is very much a pro-business network with demonstrably 
> right-wing leanings.  That is their privilege, and while the Obama 
> camp may indeed have objected to their coverage (presidents ALWAYS 
> dislike certain coverage and send their press secretaries out to 
> complain), there isn't much evidence that anything changed.  Mr 
> Gasparino has a dog in this fight-- he comes from Fox, which is not 
> known for being objective.

He wrote his book after leaving CNBC, where he worked for years.


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