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Five Things Moe Tkacik Is Sick of Hearing on CNBC

Since being laid off, writer Moe Tkacik has had all the time in the world to wallow in coverage of the economic crisis. And there are a few things that are pissing her off.

By Moe Tkacik

CNBC Slashes Budget

But the network won't make changes to personnel.

By Jessica Pressler

The CNBC Emotional Index

CNBC spends its days tracking the Dow, the S&P, the NASDAQ and lately even the LIBOR. But in these panicky times, shouldn't someone be tracking CNBC?

By Adam Winer

What Does Not Kill CNBC Makes It Stronger

It's hard to pick just one beautiful moment from today's rollickingly emotional story about CNBC's success, despite, or perhaps because of, the introduction of Rupert Murdoch's rival Fox Business Network. But pick one we did.

The Bear Market

The latest on the Bear Stearns fallout, and what Charlie Gasparino has to do with it.

Charles Gasparino Is a Good Tipper

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Name: Charles Gasparino
Job: CNBC's hunky on-air editor. Also, author of the recent bestseller, King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange.
Age: 40s. (How's that for a hedge?)
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Town

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? My dad. The last man I knew to have such a distinct, New York accent that he used to pronounce the words toilet "terlet" and oil "earl"

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes at San Pietro. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Scream at sources to get stories, scream at producers to put them on CNBC, and then scream at editors to get more time for stories that I'm writing.

Oprah Will Eat Ellen DeGeneres for Breakfast

MEDIA • CNBC's Dylan Ratigan proposes a toast at the anniversary of his show Fast Money: "Here's to destroying … well, 'destroying Fox' is what I was going to say, to be totally honest about it. And I was going to say something even more profane than that except there's press in the room." [Mixed Media/Portfolio] • Oprah Winfrey won't stand for Ellen taking her place as America's favorite TV personality. The Queen of Talk announced plans to start her own network. And what's it called? OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Which is only appropriate for a woman worth upwards of $2.5 billion. [HuffPo, NYP] • Will the Academy Awards suffer the same fate as the Golden Globes? WGA president Patric Verrone confirmed the guild has no plans to give the Oscars a pass if the strike hasn't been settled, and it's still unclear whether the Screen Actors Guild will cross picket lines to attend the awards. [B&C]

CNBC and the ‘Times’: United Against Fox Business Network!

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Did anybody else notice the funny timing of the New York Times' attack coverage of Fox Business Network? On January 4, Jacques Steinberg and Brian Stelter wrote a story called "Few Viewers for Infancy of Fox Business," in which the two television writers tore down the new channel for getting only about 6,000 viewers during the day. "By contrast, Fox Business’s chief competitor, CNBC, attracted about 283,000 viewers each weekday," the story explained, going on to accuse FBN of having "bravado" during their launch. "Thus far, at least, CNBC would seem to have easily eluded Fox’s crosshairs," the writers cackle. The numbers were based on secret Nielsen ratings for the new channel that only CNBC and FBN had paid to receive. On the same day, there were several other stories on the topic, with less gleeful Schadenfreude. And since, in those stories, a Fox rep spoke with reporters, it's probably a safe bet that they didn't cooperate on the Times story. In other words, they probably didn't leak the unpublished Nielsen ratings: CNBC most likely did. Now, it's pretty easy to understand wanting Rupert Murdoch and Fox to fail. But the aggression in this story was put into a surprising new context yesterday when it was announced that CNBC and the New York Times are starting a content-sharing partnership that has been in the works for a while. From the Reuters story reporting the collaboration:
The deal also gives the Times and CNBC access to each other's breaking business news as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp prepares to fight them both with the nascent Fox Business Network cable channel and the recently acquired Wall Street Journal.
Um, huh. Is it us, or does it seem like CNBC and the Times had already started fighting side by side? New York 'Times' And CNBC in Web Deal [NYT]

CNBC's Erin Burnett's Favorite Characteristic in a Mate Is Money

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CNBC business anchor Erin Burnett dreams of men spending copious amounts of dough on her. Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone honcho Jann Wenner, was accepted early decision to Brown, and Jack Byrne, son of Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, was accepted to Bard. Jimmy Fallon and new wife Nancy Juvonen ate at Pastis. An upcoming "oral history" of Rudy Giuliani chronicles the former mayor's "petty, vindictive, small-minded maneuvering." Jay-Z says he is not concerned with the problematic rumors surrounding the opening of his new 40/40 club. Mary-Louise Parker and boyfriend Jeffrey Dean Morgan had coffee at Local on Sullivan Street.

Imus Sucker Punches Brokaw

MEDIA • Don Imus on Tom Brokaw: "He is not the most courageous person I've ever met in my life. He's not the guy I'd want to be in a foxhole with." You see, Brokaw didn't defend Imus when he was down-and-out because of the whole "nappy-headed-hos" incident. Resentment, now that takes courage! [NYP] • Shocker: CNBC is actually scared shitless of Fox Business News. They're now asking guests to choose sides, threatening to drop them if they dare to appear on Murdoch's new down-home network. [Silicon Alley Insider] • Veteran literary agent Lynn Nesbit wants a new publishing madman: "Even [former Simon & Schuster CEO] Dick Synder is a lot more colorful than [newly departed Simon & Schuster CEO] Jack Romanos, who is now gone. I mean, they had passion, they cared about literature. Even Dick, who's not an intellectual. He cared. He was a madman . . . . Who is a madman now in publishing? . . . It was just different then." Hi, Lynn, allow us to introduce you to our favorite publishing madwoman, Judith Regan. [Media Mob/NYO]