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Fortune's smart biz journalism move, or No. 101 with a bullet

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I’m pleased to see that Fortune magazine has decided to pick up the popular “101 dumbest moments in business” list that was previously collected and written by its now-defunct Time Inc. colleague Business 2.0, which ran the list for seven years but closed shop earlier this fall.

Maria BartiromoFortune absorbed a number of Business 2.0 staffers, including former editor Josh Quittner. They obviously brought along some of their better ideas.

The 2007 list is out today, and it’s as hilarious as ever.

At No. 101, is CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, with the headline, “What, no action figure?” Noted the magazine: “In January, CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo files to trademark her nickname, ‘Money Honey,’ for use with a wide array of children’s products, including piggy banks, jigsaw puzzles, mousepads, comic books, and stuffed animals.”

Critiquing BusinessWeek's new Chicago edition

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Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Sun-Times critiques the new Chicago-only edition of BusinessWeek and gives the publication a B-.

BusinessWeekLazare wrote, “In many ways, BW Chicago seems to aspire to be a somewhat more magazine-y version of what Crain’s Chicago Business pioneered nearly three decades earlier, and subsequently had plenty of time to polish. The upfront section of the 36-page debut issue includes a page of gossipy biz tidbits mostly gleaned from other sources, along with a page of party pics and a Q&A that features Penny Pritzker answering some pretty mundane queries, such as ‘What are your civic activities.’

“In a magazine that purportedly aims to be very Chicago-focused, we were put off by the inclusion of a page spotlighting the very New Yorky ‘Money Honey’ and CNBC business anchor Maria Bartiromo. She does a quick Q&A with Mayor Daley, who wanders off on a tangent about several thousand kids in local schools learning Chinese — something Daley apparently believes is necessary for Chicago to become a global city. Huh?

“The BW Chicago feature hole includes a cover story about Da Mayor and his corporate connections (overkill maybe?) that isn’t especially revelatory. Another feature about United Airlines is more interesting in suggesting the carrier bungled its protracted bankruptcy, and is now paying a big price for that.”

Read more here. See second item.

What the mistakes in the NYTimes' Bartiromo story mean

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Felix Salmon of Conde Nast Portfolio wonders how mistakes could have been made in a Monday story in the New York Times business section about CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo that included getting wrong the names of a Citigroup executive and an investment fund.

Jeff BercoviciBercovici wrote, “This is more than a storm in a media teacup: it speaks to the shallowness of the NYT’s bench when it comes to business coverage. Some of the reporters have no idea what they’re talking about, and the editors don’t seem to be up to speed enough on business issues to catch mistakes. On any serious financial publication, substantially everyone should know what a sovereign wealth fund is. As the IMF’s Simon Johnson notes, these funds now run some $2-3 trillion, and could reach $10 trillion by 2012. Those are enormous sums of money.

“The market in business news has moved online, and is both increasingly competitive and increasingly lucrative: ads on business news websites are some of the most expensive on the web. The NYT’s strong online franchise gives it a headstart in this market, but once the FT and the WSJ go free, it’s going to need more than that.”

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Bartiromo having a bounce back year

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Bill Carter of The New York Times writes Monday how CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo has turned her year around after having been accused of ethical transgressions earlier this year when she took a flight on a Citigroup jet.

Maria BartiromoCarter wrote, “But unlike other media figures who have seen their careers derailed by becoming targets of that kind of criticism, Ms. Bartiromo has not only survived, she has thrived. During a recent lunch interview, she said, ‘My life has been taken up a notch in terms of busy-ness.’

“Just a bit. Beyond ‘Closing Bell,’ her daily two-hour live afternoon show on CNBC, Ms. Bartiromo anchors a weekly syndicated show called ‘The Wall Street Journal Report,’ appears regularly on NBC’s ‘Today’ and frequently on the ‘NBC Nightly News,’ and writes a weekly question-and-answer column in BusinessWeek and a monthly column in Reader’s Digest. Last month, she had what she calls one of her career highlights, moderating (with Chris Matthews) the economic-issues Republican candidates debate.

“‘I really feel like I have had the year of my career,’ Ms. Bartiromo, who is 40, said, ‘the best year of my career.’”

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Painting Maria Bartiromo

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Callen Bair of Conde Nast Portfolio notes that an artist is now hawking a painting of CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo that says, “If I see that bitch Erin Burnett on the Today show one more time, I’m gonna freak out.” The asking price is $4,999.

Maria BartiromoBair wrote, “‘The original reason why I painted the picture…was that I was actually kind of outraged by the…Bartiromo / Todd Thomson / Citigroup / private jet quasi-scandal,’ Raymond said. ‘It struck me as one more aspect of how the media isn’t what it used to be.’

“Bartiromo as the Holy Mother, then, would be ironic commentary.

“Raymond has been exhibiting the painting in front of the New York Stock Exchange — where the ‘Money Honey,’ herself, reportedly peeked out to take a look at the portrait — and Goldman Sachs — because ‘that’s where the money is.’ Even so, the passers-by interested in acquiring the paintings Raymond has put on view always low ball him, the artist said.”

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CNBC's "Money Honeys"

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Columnist David Hinckley of The New York Daily News takes a look at CNBC anchors Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett and calls both of them “Money Honeys,” a nickname typically reserved only for Bartiromo.

Maria BartiromoHinckley wrote, “Apparently, nothing turns some men on like the sight of an attractive woman talking about the impact of lowered interest rates on institutional investors.

“That’s the unscientific, somewhat insulting but nonetheless sometimes-heard explanation for attention directed in the last few years toward two women who do just that on cable business channel CNBC: Maria Bartiromo, who co-anchors the daily ‘Closing Bell’ with Dylan Ratigan, and Erin Burnett, who co-anchors ‘Squawk on the Street’ with Mark Haines and solos on ‘Street Signs.’

“The ‘Money Honeys,’ as they are sometimes called. Actually, Bartiromo got the name first, and heard it often enough that at one point she tried to copyright it. But it’s now being used to describe Burnett, too, and while the world of high finance really doesn’t need another nod to its well-known inner sexist, the fact remains that viewer-ship of Burnett’s show, in particular, has been on the increase.”

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NBC News negative about rate cut

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Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters writes Wednesday that NBC News reported a negative angle about Tuesday’s Federal Reserve rate cut when the story should have been a positive.

Noel SheppardSheppard wrote, “In case you were out of the country and missed it, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday surprisingly cut two key interest rates by a half percentage point – twice what most analysts expected – causing one of the largest one-day rallies on Wall Street in years.

“Yet, the folks on the ‘NBC Nightly News’ seemed a tad unhappy with the Fed’s move, as anchor Brian Williams wondered ‘is it good for everyone,’ and correspondent Kevin Tibbles cautioned, ‘But experts say beware of the downside of any economic upturn.’

“I kid you not.

“The News began Tuesday evening mostly with the positive side of the rate cut, bringing in CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo to discuss the day’s events on Wall Street. However, as Williams introduced Bartiromo, he foreshadowed the gloom to come.”

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Cat fight, or corporate battle

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TheStreet.com’s Nat Worden wonders if the alleged cat fight between CNBC anchors Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett is real, or the result of the impending battle between the business news cable network and new competitor Fox Business Network.

Maria BartiromoWorden wrote, “Nevertheless, the ultimate coup for the new Fox channel would be to steal Burnett or Bartiromo, who has a contract with CNBC expiring in 2008.

“‘[The Fox Business Network is] a month away from launching and they don’t have anybody that is really compelling to be the face of the network,’ says Bibb. ‘Maria has her own network of relationships and she can get to people where a lot of other reporters cannot.’

“Most of the Internet buzz over Bartiromo and Burnett links back to pieces that have appeared recently in the gossip pages of the News Corp.-owned tabloid the New York Post.”

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Animal lovers upset with Bartiromo

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Richard Johnson of The New York Post writes that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is upset with CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo about her wearing a fur coat and gushing about its fox fur.

Maria BartiromoJohnson wrote, “In More magazine’s September feature on fashionable female movers and shakers over 40, CNBC’s ‘Money Honey’ is seen smiling seductively in a skin-tight Celine matte jersey dress and the Kors coat. She raves: ‘Chic, sexy clothes are the real me . . . The coat is spectacular; the fur cuffs give it just the right amount of glamour.’

“PETA spokesman Michael McGraw fumed to Page Six: ‘There’s nothing glamorous about animal electrocution, which is one of the most common methods used to kill foxes for their pelts. She looks morally bankrupt in that fur. All that time around the closing bell must be turning her into a real ding-a-ling.’ Strangely, Bartiromo’s flack insisted that despite the More article, the newswoman doesn’t approve of fur, doesn’t own any and that wearing the coat for the shoot was a ‘mistake.’”

Read more here. 

Great moment in biz journalism history: Bartiromo on Jeopardy

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Keith Hahn of Dealbreaker.com has a hilarious recount of CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo‘s recent appearance on “Jeopardy” that made me laugh out loud several times.

Maria BartiromoHahn wrote, “Category: The Mole, for $200
“A: Most moles destroy gardens & lawns searching for insect larvae or these ‘global’ worms.
“Q: Maria buzzes quickly and spurts out ‘Computer worms! What is computer worms.’ Both are incorrect, and suggest recent head trauma. The correct question, especially with the ‘GLOBAL’ hint, is ‘What are EARTH worms?’

“Category: N’AA’CP, for $800 (the category was a stupidly irrelevant shout out to Mfume that meant all questions have a double A in them, like the word aardvark)

“A: ‘Blah, blah, blah…the nation’s first fashion magazine.’
“Q: Maria buzzes, ‘What is Vogue?’ Alex shoots her down. Anderson chimes in with the answer ‘Harper’s Bazaar,’ because it is the only fashion magazine with 15,000 ‘A’s in its title. He is, remarkably, correct. Alex reminds the contestants that all answers must have those two As in them. Maria acts as if the mysteries of the universe have just been unveiled to her.”

Read more here to find out how much money Bartiromo had when Double Jeopardy ended.