CNBC ANCHOR INTERRUPTS TED CRUZ ECONOMIC INTERVIEW WITH THIS “BREAKING NEWS”: THAT APPLE CEO TIM COOK IS PROUD TO BE GAY! OH YES SHE DID…..
CNBC’S Squawk Box was just astonishing this morning.
Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin – who I think are both female – could not wait to hijack an economic interview that Joe Kernen was having with Senator Ted Cruz and change the subject to gay rights. Especially Quick. It was so blatant and shallow as to be embarrassing, as if liberals had any capacity for embarrassment. This is CNBC, right? This is the financial channel, right?
Apparently not. Like ESPN at times, CNBC is more committed to their liberal agenda than to their mission.
It happened like this: Kernen, who is insufferably a Manhattan-Washington conventional wisdom thinker with no understanding of life outside that cloistered corridor, is at least generally conservative and was having a discussion with Cruz on the Obama economy. Kernen went to the conventional talking points about the Stock Market boom and the unemployment figures as away to test Cruz. Cruz crushed it, laying out precisely how and why the stock boom was divorced from main street, and then took apart the fraudulent unemployment rate with an explanation of the historically low “workforce participation” rates. Cruz was doing very well.
And liberal info-babe Becky Quick could not stand it. She broke in with “BREAKING NEWS” to stop the interview. What was the news? That Apple CEO Tim Cook had issues a press release indicating that he was “proud to be gay.”
Okay, fine. So he’s gay. And so he’s proud of it. Good for him. But is this breaking news? Of course not. That is, not unless a conservative Senator is doing too well in his explanation of the disastrous Obama economy. And Cruz was, so Quick broke in with the “breaking news.” It was overt. I was almost embarrassed for her, it was so infantile and buffoonish.
Cruz handled it well, explaining that the Tea Party movement was not about social issues – that it was focused on limited government and economic freedom – and tried to move on.
But Andrew Ross Sorkin – who will never be accused of being macho – would not allow it. He kept bringing the conversation back to the issue of gay rights as quickly as possible. Cruz finally called him out on it a little bit, and that helped the interview get back on track.
Then of course, CNBC had to retaliate. They scheduled a last minute interview with – wait for it – BARNEY FRANK. They had Frank on to bash Republicans war on womanish men and to drool over Cook’s “courageous” and “important” press announcement. I’ll have some pull quotes later.