CNBC Anchor Savages Co-Host For Enabling Trump As 100,000 Americans Died
CNBC news anchors Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen engaged in a heated exchange on live television during Wednesday morning’s Squawk Box after Kernen accused his colleague of having “panicked” during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kernen said: “You panicked about the market, panicked about COVID, panicked about the ventilators, panicked about the PPE, panicked about ever going out again, panicked if we’d ever get back to normal.”
Sorkin broke in with an angry accusation of his own, saying: “Joseph, you didn’t panic about anything! 100,000 people died, Joe, and all you did was tried to help your friend the president.”
He continued: “That’s what you did! Every single morning on this show… you used and abused your position.”
Kernen responded that Sorkin’s characterization was “unfair” and said, “I’m trying to help investors keep their cool, keep their heads. And as it turned out, that’s what they should’ve done.”
Sorkin abandoned the conversation and repeatedly begged Kernen to just “do the news,” before defending himself and saying he never argued that people should go sell their stocks.
“I wasn’t arguing to go sell your stocks, Joseph, I was arguing about people’s lives,” Sorkin said, before begging once again that Kernen “do the news.”