Hi, this is Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Monday morning, at the Huffington Post, I posted this piece: "NBC Has An Erin Burnett Problem."
I made the case that on Sunday's Meet The Press Burnett repeated pro-Wall Street talking points over and over again and implied that the public's anger over recent corporate abuse was silly or a result of ignorance. I attributed her skewed analysis to the fact that she's "embedded" on Wall Street, dependent on Wall Street executives for access on a day-to-day basis and therefore overly-primed with their talking points.
Well, Erin Burnett heard this critique -- as did CNBC's Jim Cramer -- and they addressed it on the air. To her credit, Erin also wrote me a respectful email, one that I won't share publicly. But to summarize, she disagreed with me and said I should have "reached out" to her before blogging publicly, a show of good faith dialogue. (In fact, I did email her the night before I blogged -- albeit as a concerned viewer, not as a Huffington Post blogger who was seeking comment. She didn't respond. I've written to many other reporters in my personal capacity and have received very thoughtful responses -- always good form on their part.)
I responded to her email in what I hope was a constructive way. In addition laying out my critique of her Meet The Press performance, rooting for her future analysis to improve, and promising kudos if it does, I invited Erin to liveblog with me and the public at the Huffington Post. I did this in the interest of open dialogue about the very real economic issues and journalism issues at hand -- the dialogue she thought would be a show of good faith.
We'll see what she says. The invitation's open, and judging by the comments to my post Monday morning, she has some fans among Huffington Post readers as well as critics. So, it would be an interesting discussion.
In case you missed it, here's the video I posted this morning, followed by the on-air response--what do you think?
Erin Burnett on Meet The Press:
Jim Cramer Defends Erin Burnett (and, ahem, calls me a "bozo"...thanks, Jim):
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