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Bartiromo: Shameless Conspicuous Consumption -- And what that says about CNBC

Written By mista sense on Thursday, April 12, 2007 | 5:35 AM


Remember the "money honey" scandal,involving CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and a Citigroup executive, Todd Thomson? It was just a couple of months ago that everyone was talking about the seemingly salacious relationship between CNBC and Citi, both fleshly and financial.

Well, CNBC rode it out, sticking by Bartiromo, even as Citigroup separated itself from Thomson.

Now we see the upshot, or upshots--because they are very different: Sure enough, Thomson is gone from Citibank, but his parachute "will not be golden," according to Reuters.

By contrast, CNBC seems quite happy with Bartiromo: And now The New York Observer reports that she is moving into a $6.5 million townhouse on the upper east side of Manhattan. So she must be feeling pretty secure.

And now doubt looking for her next Todd Thomson.

But what does it say about a TV network that a bank looks good by comparison, when it comes to pushing an ethical broom?

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