The New York Post's Page Six reports Thursday that GE and NBC execs are worried about the CNBC becoming the "Obama-bashing network," and that they recently held a top secret dinner in New York to discuss the topic.
Page Six reports that CNBC execs and some on-air talent were called to meet with GE CEO Jeff Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker for "an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock." According to Page Six's source, Zucker himself called the dinner, which featured "a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much."
In the past few months, two on-air personalities — "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer and correspondent Rick Santelli — have come under fire in the media and have come to define the CNBC brand.
Santelli, of course, helped spawn the "tea party" movement with his February rant against President Obama's foreclosure plan.
Zucker came out in defense of Cramer after he was hammered by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show," calling Stewart "incredibly unfair."
CNBC's Brian Steel confirmed that there was a dinner but denied that it was for the purpose of network soul-searching, telling Page Six instead:
"The dinner was to thank CNBC for a job well done in our in-depth reporting throughout the financial crisis. As far as our coverage is concerned, we are built for balance and we are unabashedly pro-investor."
Compiled by Danny Shea