HOW DARE YOU

Although the Morgan Stanley’s handling of the social media site’s disastrous stock offering is under scrutiny by just about every business news outlet under the sun, a Wall Street insider tells us the  investment banking’s corporate communications warriors are blaming CNBC for engaging in some pre-IPO hyping of their own. CNBC senior vice president and editor in chief Nik Deogun “is under fire,” says the source. “Morgan Stanley is telling him, ‘How dare you criticize us when you guys promoted this IPO worse than anybody.’ ” The source recalls examples of CNBC’s on-air exuberance in the days leading up to the IPO, including treating Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ’s entrance at the kick-off of the company’s investors road show at the Sheraton hotel in midtown as if it were “the President’s State of the Union Address” with multiple cameras and reporters. Then on May 17, the day before the actual IPO, the hosts of CNBC’s “Fast Money” appeared on camera wearing hoodies — a reference to Zuckerberg’s favorite fashion item, which came off like an homage to the baby billionaire. That same day, controversial “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer told his viewers, who tend to be mom-and-pop investors and market-playing college students, “If you can get in on the actual IPO, then I think Facebook is a no-brainer.” He added: “We all know this one’s going to pop like crazy on its first day of trading, so if you can get in on the deal, I think you should try to get your hands on as many shares as possible.”…CNBC spokesman Brian Steel said: “CNBC’s Facebook coverage has been widely acknowledged as fair, balanced and insightful.” [NYDN, related, related]

Some protesters objected to city and the landlord’s depiction of the park and said some would try to remain, no matter what the city or Brookfield do. “Unsanitary? We have a cleaning department here,” said Junior Martinez, 23 years old, who lives on the Lower East Side when not camping out. He added: “Tents or not, we will sleep without tents. I think people are going to end up doing it no matter what.” [WSJ, earlier]

Did FTP maybe commit a crime? Yes. Was the crime it committed a Ponzi Scheme under the strict definition of the term? No. Read more »

“One of the great pejorative terms that continue to be used is this thing of bailout which suggests that the country is in some way seeking not to meet its obligations, to meet its own debts,” Cowen said, rejecting the suggestion that Ireland will be unable to fund its obligation. “That is not the case.” He’s got some meetings set up re: this whole budget thing, they’ll sort it out, it’ll be fine, so just, shhh, relax. Read more »

  • 16 Apr 2010 at 2:40 PM

New Rules For Appearing On CNBC (Video)

Let it be known! Anyone daring to impugn on the integrity of Jim Cramer by, for instance, claiming he’s paid to act as a public relations specialist for Goldman Sachs (JC’s former employer) will be booted from the airwaves, and shamed by Erin Burnett. Read more »