Reuters spots NBC Universal’s Jeff Zucker in mock high dudgeon mode:
NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) – NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker fired back at comedian Jon Stewart on Wednesday, saying it was “unfair” and “absurd” for the funnyman to criticize CNBC and question its coverage of financial news.
“Everybody wants to find a scapegoat. That’s human nature,” Zucker said during a keynote address at a media industry conference. “But to suggest that the business media or CNBC was responsible for what is going on now is absurd.”
“Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn’t make it so,” Zucker said, describing the comedian’s comments as “completely out of line.”
When one of your most prominent spokesmen has twice wished death upon candidates on the 2008 presidential campaign circuit (from both parties, astoundingly enough, for NBC), in my book, you’ve forfeited the ability to complain about what others are saying about your company.