Squawk Box host Joe Kernen blasted the “mainstream media” as the election loser saying certain outlets should accept humiliation. “The mainstream media is a loser in this and not just in trying to analyze what was happening but trying to influence and affect what was happening,” Kernen said on Nov. 9.
Ever since WikiLeaks began releasing once-private messages from Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, people have had even more hard evidence of the mainstream media’s support for and collusion with Democratic Party operatives and campaigns.
One recent example shows CNBC’s Becky Quick -- the co-host of the channel’s popular show Squawk Box and a co-moderator with John Harwood at a 2015 Republican primary debate -- promising to support Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who had just been named the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
CNBC’s business news coverage took a humorous turn when Squawk Box anchors Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s conversation turned to social media. On July 27, after reporting that Twitter shares were down following a disappointing quarter, Kernen revealed what he likes about Twitter and who he follows.
On the eve of the Democratic convention, CNBC’s Joe Kernen wanted to know why the media have failed to challenge Hillary Clinton on the issue of her personal wealth and the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation. Kernen, a Squawk Box co-anchor, pointed out that the media have been suspiciously silent on the subject of Clinton’s finances. During a discussion regarding a recent book about the Clintons, he referenced the two journalists who exposed the Watergate scandal: “Where’s Woodward and Bernstein on any of this?”
Shocking the whole world, the British people voted on June 23, to leave the European Union — a move nicknamed Brexit. Unexpectedly, the Leave voters won 52 to 48 percent. Although there was much anger at the decision, there were also plenty of voices cheering on the British on June 24. That chorus included CNBC On Air Editor Rick Santelli who acknowledged there would be economic ramifications, but cheered the UK for having the “backbone” to change direction and head “down the right road.”