Dennis Kneale of CNBC has gone on the warpath for higher television ratings. He has decided that playing the beaker-geek blowhard fool is the fast track to cable glory. Playing the blowhard certainly worked for O'Reilly and Olbermann.
Kneale has decided to declare that the Great Recession is over based on a skimpy sandwich of "green shoots." He also calls out all anonymous bloggers who disagree with him, and says they are "digital dickweeds."
Since it's cable, taking the low road is perfectly acceptable.
First, Kneale's self flagellation cable performance art:
Some web reactions to Kneale:
Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge reacts to Kneale's bloviating and blowharding:
I would be very happy to have a sensible, rational discussion with Dennis on any topic of his choosing, and to demonstrate my opinion, which he may or may not agree with, as to why I find his conclusion that the recession is now over laughable. However, this will not occur on CNBC's 10 second sound bite terms: a good case in point is Dennis allowing the other blogger exactly 46 seconds of air time to justify his opinion, before cutting him off irreverently and turning off his microphone. Zero Hedge knows very well how prime time media operates. Which is why I, in turn, extend Dennis an invitation to appear on a podcast, or any other non-CNBC hosted venue of his choosing, for a deabte which will be as lengthy as necessary, without commercial or otherwise interruptions, without prepared notes, without tele- or ear-prompters, in which I am happy to deconstruct his thesis point by point, not having to worry about his producer cutting me off, or Fritz Henderson's bathroom break at 1 Bowling Green causing an epileptic fit inducing bout of CNBC Breaking News....related:
Lastly, direct attacks by Dennis against Zero Hedge readers with pejoratives such as "digital dickweed" is somewhat beneath a person who, at least in his personal view, is sufficiently erudite to have an informed opinion on such critical issues as the end of a recession...
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge: He Just Won't Let Go
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge: Dennis Kneale: "The Great Recession Is Over"
AnnuityIQ the blogger who went on-air to be challenge Mr. Kneale gives his take:
We realize it is his show and we knew his MO, but that was just plain silly...Allison Bricker / The Smoking Argus Daily:
So, Dennis, anywhere, anytime and anyplace as long as it is near my mom’s house...
Open Letter to Dennis Kneale of CNBC re: New Media and the Recession --
In a subsequent display wholly unbecoming of a journalist, regardless of medium, and in lieu of offering further research to buttress your original statement, you opted to stoop to their logical fallacy of argumentum ad hominem and referred to your critics as “digital dickweeds”. Additionally, you then further attempted to construct a straw man by directing your ire towards the anonymity offered by the internet, when the crux of the matter is your analysis, not the benefit or detriment of anonymity...Gawker:
CNBC Host Driven to Cursing Freak-Out By Bloggers --
We haven't followed Dennis Kneale's feud with financial bloggers, but it sounds hilarious: They call him "Beaker," "super dipshit," "clueless," and compare his show to a Saturday Night Live skit. For some reason, Kneale told the world about this tonight.John Carney / Clusterstock:
The CNBC Reports host clearly wanted to push back at the "cowardly" critics, and a CNBC segment about his feud gave him the chance to call his online enemies...
Dennis Kneale Flips Out, Calls Bloggers "Dickweeds" --
Dennis Kneale decided he'd had enough of bloggers comparing him to Beaker from the Muppets and fat ladies in thongs on the beach. It was time to strike back.Karl Denninger / Market Ticker:
To Dennis Kneale: You're An Idiot --
Since Dennis saw fit this evening on CNBC to "go after" bloggers who in turn had gone after him, yet he omitted The Market Ticker, I'll go ahead and put a full-on dredge out behind my stern and slow to 3kts...related:
Class of 2008, Asshat of the Century Awards
You Call This Culture:
Dennis Kneale: CNBC's Jerk of the Day 6/30/09 --
Of all the jerks on CNBC, I least understand how Dennis Kneale still has a job. While Kudlow, Santelli and Cabruso-Cabrera are every bit as ideological, they usually have enough sense to stick to vague free market shibboleths rather than offering specific proposals that would expose their vacuity. Kneale just blurts out anything that comes into his head even if means scoffing at people dying.
It is hard for me to believe that anyone is going to see this as FDA overreaching. It’s not like changing the recommended dosage will prevent anyone from gobbling down as much Tylenol he wants. Maybe Kneale is worried that he won’t be able to get his doctor to prescribe enough Vicadin or Percocet to keep his capacity for rational thought disabled. If this qualifies as “crusading” from the Obama administration, I think we are in deep trouble...