NPR’s David Folkenflik had this to say about Maria Bartiromo’s interview with recently-ousted (carpet purchasing) Merill Lynch CEO John Thain:
As we segue from the golden age of bashing the media to the golden age of eulogizing the media, I’d like to pause for a moment to admire an example of a journalist doing her job…Consider what Bartiromo does in this interview. She strips him bare.
This wasn’t great investigative journalism. (Nor, for that matter, was the disclosure by CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino that Thain’s driver was making $230,000 a year in pay and bonuses, though it was a damning little nugget.) But it was a nice example of a television journalist simply doing her job.