Jason Linkins obviously has a problem with Maria Bartiromo. We just can't figure out what it is.
In the opening sentence of his recent column the political columnist for the Huffington Post, Linkins attacks CNBC's Bartiromo on the grounds that she is getting older. At least that's what we think he's saying with his crack about her "collagen injections" being "widely reputed to be a key market bellwether." The odd thing is that we've never heard this reputed, widely or otherwise. In fact, as far as we can tell, no one has ever accused the star of having received collagen injections except Linkins.
But that was a throw-away line that Linkins probably imagines is funny. And harping on off-hand sexist remarks is hardly our thing. What was Linkins real objection? Oh, here it is: Bartiromo said some critical things about Barack Obama's tax plan.
After the jump, Linkin calls the female anchor "hysterical" (oh those hysterical women!) and then forgets to actually disagree with her.
Still, on matters of tax policy, you'd sort of like the anointed experts to have their facts right, and not indulge in misleading characterizations of the impact of that policy. Unfortunately, Bartiromo can't resist getting a little hysterical..
So did Bartiromo get something wrong about the tax plan? If so, Linkin doesn't know it. Instead, he objects to her characterization of people earning over "$200,000" as not rich. He calls this "flatly false." But that's because he doesn't know what he's talking about. Now in some places in America, $200,000 will go a long way. It may even qualify you as rich. But in many of our biggest cities, that will barely buy a family with two children their way into the middle class.
Sorry, Linkin. Best stick with dissing Bartiromo's looks and calling her hysterical. When you start talking about reality it just gets embarrassing.
CNBC's Bartiromo Misleads On Impact Of Obama's Tax Plan [Huffington Post]