Bill wrote a piece today in the NY Times entitled “As Citigroup Chief Totters, CNBC Reporter Is Having a Great Year” that was light on fact but heavy on lust.
Why does Bill Carter describe 2007 as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“turnaround yearÃ¢â‚¬Â for CNBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Maria Bartiromo? Carter claims that Ã¢â‚¬Å“she continues to score among the best ratings for CNBC,Ã¢â‚¬Â but Closing Bell is one of the lowest rated daytime programs among the core demo. And, The Wall Street Journal Report delivers a far smaller audience Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 66% lower Ã¢â‚¬â€œthan the average Sunday morning broadcast news program.
The press surrounding Bartiromo this year from her involvement in the ethics scandal with Citigroup and ex-wealth management CEO Todd Thomson, to her alleged fury over being upstaged by CNBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rising star Erin Burnett, has been less than favorable. While Burnett acquired the nickname Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maria 2.0Ã¢â‚¬Â by Portfolio magazine, Bartiromo acquired that of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bank Skank.Ã¢â‚¬Â Adding insult to injury, Bartiromo fell behind colleagues, Burnett and Becky Quick, in a Dealbreaker.com poll ranking the hottest financial news anchors on Wall Street. Bartiromo earned only 13% of the votes.
We will, however, give Bartiromo credit for scoring her first interview with former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just too bad she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get him at some point during the nineteen years he was in office. On another note, Greenspan seems to have a little problem stepping down. It seems we have two voices at the fed.