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September 15, 2009 – Comments (17)

Is it just me or does CNBC give you a headache too??? I thought when I became a full time investor I'd enjoy watching TV while I researched investments on BarChart and blogged but CNBC is ridiculous! I have to turn it off to concentrate.

The guest just yell at each other, cut off others before they can express their views and are so rude that half the time I get nothing out of the discussion - and I use the term "discussion" loosely! More like a brouhaha!

Larry Kudlow is the worst among them. He wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes in Mrs. Tyson's 7th grade English class. I could hear her now: "Larry Kudlow, you didn't raise your hand. You shut your mouth and don't interrupt others. One more word out of your mouth and I'll rap your knuckles with a ruler and put you in the corner. Just keep it up young man and you'll be down in Dean Beal's office and your fannie will feel the rath of his paddle. Now do you understand me? Your rudeness reflects on your parents and your poor upbringing!"

Larry Kudlow does not know the meaning of civil discourse. He must have never taken a debating class or he'd know there are rules to follow.

Today on Street Signs, Erin Burnett totally lost control of two professors or think tank guru's. I got nothing out of their rude and obnoxious yelling. I went to look at the replay video but even the directors of the program thought the clip had no value and didn't post it.

Fast Money in no better. BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!

What about Mad Money and Jim Cramer??? I never thought I'd say this but Jim Cramer is the most civilized person on CNBC. He may yell and scream but never at a guest. He asks questions, lets the guest fully answer, listens and then asks meaningful follow-up questions?

You can join my protest and put CNBC on MUTE. Sit down and read my blog Financial Tides, or your favorite blogs of others. Read a good book on investing and learn something, uninterrupted.

Read the blogs, try to understand the authors points, if you disagree, type off a well thought out and polite comment and save your sanity.

Bloggers unite in civil discourse.

Please give me your comments below or pen off a reply to me at

17 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 15, 2009 at 3:44 PM, carcassgrinder (35.32) wrote:

Ya...and that chick from the Progressive Auto Insurance commercials is really starting to annoy me also.

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#2) On September 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM, DaretothREdux (53.09) wrote:


She has annoyed me from the beginning...


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#3) On September 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM, topsecret09 (83.94) wrote:

 You need to add Steve Liesman to your list of worthless CNBC Media LEFT WING cheerleaders. He Is the most useless,Ignorant,partisan hack On their program.......  .....   TS 

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#4) On September 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM, Seano67 (24.38) wrote:

Agree. I can't stand CNBC, for all the reasons you mentioned. I mean I'm assuming those are professional people on there, but they sure don't act it, constantly interrupting others, trying to talk more loudly than others so as to get airtime and get their point across, etc etc etc. I just find that extremely obnoxious and grating.

If I want market talk, I watch Bloomberg. That to me is what that type of television should be, calm and reasoned discourse and analysis and minus the histrionics of CNBC. 

Two thumbs down to CNBS. 

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#5) On September 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM, carcassgrinder (35.32) wrote:


Also, keep in mind, putting your t.v. on mute will not serve as a form of protest because CNBC still gets the viewership rating.  You would be better off changing to the cartoon network.  I have recieved more accurate investing knowledge from watching Spongebob Squarepants.  And just seeing Dennis K. makes me feel like I have to take a sh!t. 

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#6) On September 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM, jstegma (28.80) wrote:

+1 rec for turning off shows where the guests just shout at each other. 

I turned off Hannity and Colmes for that exact reason years ago.  They had 5-6 Hollywood squares on the screen with a KKK type and a black panther and a Jesse Jackson type and of course Hannity and his sock puppet (Colmes).  They all started shouting at the same time, so I turned it off.  I thought to myself that the show would have been better had it been on a stage so at least they could all get in a big brawl like the Jerry Springer show and provide some entertainment.  I couldnt understand a word any of them said, but then I thought to myself "which is worth listening to anyway?"  They're all just a bunch of goons. 

Anyway I've never turned it on since, and I made a rule that the minute Hollywood squares start shouting at each other the channel changes or the TV goes off.

The later in the day, the worse CNBC is.  I never ever watch it after the market closes.  I rarely watch it past market open.  However, it does cover the economic news okay in the morning and it gives you a read on market sentiment.  Rick Santelli and Art Cashin are worth a quick listen and occasionally there are worthwhile guests.

And don't say anything bad about Erin.  She might not have much intelligent to say, but that isn't really the main purpose of her mouth as far as I'm concerned anyway.  :)


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#7) On September 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

Agree on Erin, she is still a babe.  But otherwise, watch Bloomberg.  Pimm Fox has some good guests and Bernie Lo does too.  I will on occasion watch Cramer's opening but I usually turn the show off after that.

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#8) On September 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM, awallejr (56.95) wrote:

P.S., and Fast Money was never the same after they lost Ratigan (and Macke too).

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#9) On September 15, 2009 at 4:39 PM, ChrisGraley (28.73) wrote:

"Rick Santelli and Art Cashin are worth a quick listen and occasionally there are worthwhile guests."

Agree, and I still like Fast Money, but miss Macke's rants.


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#10) On September 15, 2009 at 4:55 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

Oh you mean the CFR Member of the Media cartel that we have? Enjoy.

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#11) On September 15, 2009 at 5:45 PM, swank9 (< 20) wrote:

i keep watching because i hope a jello fight between erin burnett and melissa lee breaks out someday...

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#12) On September 15, 2009 at 11:51 PM, fmahnke (70.66) wrote:

 Rick Santelli and Art Cashin make the early morning worthwhile,

I'd think I'r rather see Erin jellofighting that red hed Julia

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#13) On September 15, 2009 at 11:52 PM, CosmicJustice (73.08) wrote:

I dont know whats worse, cnbc or msnbc...Olbermans idea of winning an argument is being the loudest person in the argrument

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#14) On September 15, 2009 at 11:58 PM, topsecret09 (83.94) wrote:

 Olberman should be banned from the earth........

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#15) On September 16, 2009 at 7:08 AM, CBombay (27.93) wrote:

Easy fix.  Change channel to Bloomberg.

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#16) On September 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM, topsecret09 (83.94) wrote:

#15) On September 16, 2009 at 7:08 AM, CharlieBombay (24.80) wrote:

Easy fix.  Change channel to Bloomberg.    Already have. TS

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#17) On September 20, 2009 at 8:28 PM, eddietheinvestor (< 20) wrote:

I like Rick Santelli a lot.  It's interesting but sad to see other CNBC people dismiss him.  I also don't care for the strong liberal bias and the glorification of Warren Buffet.  CNBC commentators worship Buffet.  Yes, he is a great investor and a smart man, but I don't think the hagiography is necessary.  I would try Bloomberg for accurate information.

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