11/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

MSNBC's Ratigan Interviews Michael Moore, Alludes To Why He Left CNBC

During today's edition of Morning Meeting, host Dylan Ratigan interviewed filmmaker Michael Moore on his new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, during which the MSNBC host made an interesting admission:


RATIGAN: But let's stop there, because I think we are at a point in the country where if we don't find a healthy place to direct that frustration and anger -- and you are talking about somebody who left his job at CNBC in order to pursue politicians because of his frustration and anger at the revelation of a system that was clearly designed, basically, to perpetuate generational theft and then cover it up.

MOORE: That's correct, that's exactly right.

RATIGAN: So what I am trying to figure out and I'd be curious to know from you, what is the healthiest place for all of us? I've decided, I said listen, I'll come over to MSNBC and just ask questions of politicians. Most people are not in a situation where I was where they have the realization of betrayal and the broken nature of the...and just come and ask questions.

It's interesting to hear Ratigan edge right up to saying that CNBC is institutionally averse to providing any clarity or insight into the way in which financial institutions, aided and abetted by well-lobbied politicians, rogered America, but good. Naturally, this becomes apparent by merely watching CNBC and seeing that it's a network primarily dedicated to whooshing, shiny graphics and unadulterated, dumb-assed boosterism. Nevertheless, it's compelling to hear that Ratigan had to pick a different career path in the media so that he could even be allowed to "ask questions."


[Hat tip: Media Monitor Theresa Defino]

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