NBC Cracking Down On CNBC Obama Bashing?

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General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal prez Jeff Zucker recently held a super secret dinner meeting with a bunch of CNBC "top suits" and on-air talent to congratulate the business network for doing such a bang up job throughout the financial crisis. Or did they? It's what CNBC flack Brian Steel would like you to believe, but the Post claims the meal was actually an "intensive, three-hour" sit down to discuss "whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much," spurred by "great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network."
Supposedly Zucker was, in no uncertain terms, pissed about Rick Santelli's rant two months back and suggestion to his sheeple out there to go teabagging in protest. Of course, that's all coming from an unnamed source, and Steel insists it was a laudatory event. What should you believe? Tough to say. On the one hand, you'd be hard-pressed to find a group of people who congratulate themselves more than CNBC, and on any given night of the week you could probably find at least a handful of 'em congregating to nosh and auto-fellate.* On the other, if this really was a "thanks for the ratings" dinner, why, we're told, wasn't Erin Burnett invited? Or Santelli? Or Michelle Caruso-Cabrera's rack? OR CHARLIE GASPARINO?
Finally, and this may be neither here nor there, but Rudy Giuliani's appearance on Squawk Box this morning-- attempt to discredit the story? (For his part, earlier in the show, Joe Kernan stuck to his principles and attempted to elicit some Barry Bashing from gues and noted Obama supporter Jim Chanos over higher taxes. He failed, 'cause JC is no fiddle, only getting a coy "I'm not a tax expert, Joe," but the effort was duly noted.)
*I'd say circle jerk but you might've noticed it's every man/woman for himself over at the peacock.

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