As I’m typing this, the House of Representatives is voting on the Senate’s bill for averting the Fiscal Cliff (even though we technically have already gone over it). FNC, CNN, and MSNBC are all live covering it. So is FBN. Even Bloomberg TV is covering it via its simulcast of Bloomberg Asia.
CNBC, however is sticking to American Greed tape. Once again this network re-enforces the theory that it just can’t get it going for breaking news on a weekend or a holiday. It could have switched over to CNBC World’s coverage of the vote. Yes, you read that right. CNBC World, which doesn’t air in a lot of places in this country, is covering a story that CNBC US won’t.
Update: AT 11:22pm ET the President addressed the media about the vote. Again everyone was live; FNC, FBN, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and CNBC World…except CNBC US which couldn’t bother to tear itself away from a repeat of Mob Money. It should be noted that CNBC World itself broke tape (a scheduled Jack Welch documentary) to cover Obama.
CNBC US is the laughing stock of the news networks tonight. First in business news worldwide? How about “Tape or bust”?
Update 2: Apparently someone is still alive in Englewood Cliffs. From an emailer:
Someone at CNBC figured out how to turn the news scroll on and the message says the bill has passed and stay tuned for coverage at 4am ET.