Robert Gibbs, who has thrown his share of punches at the CNBC brass, said he took thorough enjoyment in watching Jon Stewart's skewering of CNBC's Jim Cramer during Thursday night's much discussed "Daily Show" interview.
At Friday's White House briefing, Gibbs was asked to respond to the "serious journalism" displayed by Stewart, who ripped apart Cramer for enabling market manipulation through both participation (in his hedge fund work) and analysis (at CNBC).
"The president and I talked yesterday about watching it," Gibbs replied. "I don't know if he has seen it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Even as Mr. Stewart said that it may have been uncomfortable to conduct and uncomfortable to watch. I thought [he] asked a lot of tough questions and I'm not surprised that the video of Mr. Cramer's appearance doesn't appear on CNBC's website today."
Gibbs, of course, has sparred with Cramer and other CNBC voices, notably Rick Santelli, over their dour takes on the president's economic package. So his response to last night's exchange, while humorous, was hardly shocking.
Somewhat more surprising was the fact that the reporter who asked Gibbs about the Cramer interview referred to Stewart's work as "serious journalism." That it was good reporting by the "Daily Show" host is indisputable. That professional journalists are in awe of a comedian is telling.
UPDATE: TVNewser reports, via an anonymous tipster, what Gibb's alluded to: "MSNBC producers were asked not to incorporate the Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart interview into their shows today."
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