CNBC Lowers Bar Again

September 1st, 2009 by Jason · 8 Comments · cnbc, fail


It’s become something of a custom for CNBC personalities to be silly and/or ignorant, but it’s generally on matters related directly to monetary policy or the markets (except for the Fast Money crew, those guys are cool). It’s rare that any of the CNBC peeps get to flaunt their half-witted chops outside the confines of the network’s rather limited subject matter, but when they do, it’s gold. Such as today, when everyone’s favorite Money Honey displayed a kind of shocking lack of comprehension of what Medicare even is. Pardon the bias, HuffPo never claimed to be objective.

At one point, Bartiromo was critical of the government-managed health care system in the United Kingdom. “How do I know the quality [of health care in the United States] is not going to suffer” with a public option? she asked.

Rep. Weiner reminded her that there already is government-managed health care in the United States — namely, Medicare, the system created for Americans 65 years and older — and that patients with Medicare report very high satisfaction rates.

Bartiromo’s response to this argument was a true head-scratcher. In a mocking tone, she pressed the congressman: “How come you don’t use it [Medicare]? You don’t have it. How come you don’t have it?”

Rep. Weiner, who turns 45 this week, tried to walk Bartiromo through it. “Because I’m not 65.” But she was insistent. “Yeah… c’mon!” she exclaimed, laughing incredulously.

Now, it’s sort of on purpose that we haven’t touched the whole healthcare reform thing with a twenty-foot pole here, despite the effect it’s going to have on the economy either way and despite the near-endless lulz potential it offers from every angle. But I can’t pass up a CNBC anchor being an actual retard, even when it is someone other than Jim Cramer, who really needs to step up his efforts. Maria really brought her A-game here.

Just keep this in mind the next time you hear her saying what anyone should do with their money.

8 Comments so far ↓

  • Bill

    I haven’t been this amused since Glenn Beck’s spelling meltdown a few days back. I wonder what it would be like if smart people were on tv.

  • Jason

    For starters, smart people wouldn’t start a 24 hour news channel because they would know they have to fill the other 23 hours with crap like this.

    I wonder if she was brought in as an actual expert on…something, because if so that kind of makes me weep for MSNBC. I’d like to think she was the only one without lunch plans, and would make a reliable right-wing counterpoint.

  • 100PercentProle

    The best picture of her anyone’s ever found … She should name-check your blog on air.

  • Jason

    I have a feeling that if she ever happened to stumble across LOLFed, she wouldn’t like me very much. But it’s okay, the feeling’s probably mutual.

    Check this sweet Jeopardy! Mariafail on Dealbreaker.

    I’m sure she has to be good at something to be on TV as much as she is, I’m just not sure what that thing is.

  • A.G.

    You make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’ll be giggling quietly to myself for days now.

    But then, I guess that’s nothing new. ;)

  • marslady

    I often read, but rarely comment…. however this was one of those classic reports elucidating that one should simply be thought a fool than open one’s mouth and prove it….. and who would ever consider taking investment advice from this dippy tart….oh,maybe those who listen to Cramer for anything beyond amusement

  • TGY

    This is also the woman who ended up in Jeopardy with zero dollars after two rounds. They gifted her with $1000 so she could play Double Jeopardy and she finished with $300. Anderson Cooper was one of the other contestants and he cleaned up.

  • Sally

    She should just report on financial news…at least limit her damage to one area only.

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