Erin Burnett Refers to President George W. Bush As “the Monkey”


On “morning joe”broadcast November 26, 2007, anchor Erin Burnett refers to George Bush as “the monkey in the middle.” She had said “who could not have a man-crush no that man?” … and was clarifying that she was talking about French President Nicolas Sarkozy, not George W. Bush.

Erin Burnett is also co-anchor on “Squawk on the Street”with Mark Haines. She also plays counter and cynic to Jim Cramer.

Burnett joined CNBC from Bloomberg Television where she anchored two hours of programming daily. Prior to Bloomberg, Burnett served as Vice President at Citigroup, where she built an online financial news network targeted at institutional and retail investors.

Burnett also has worked at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s “Moneyline.” She began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment-banking analyst focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

In August 2007, Burnett got in a controversy over the following quote:

I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. You know, if China were to revalue its currency or China is to start making, say, toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up, and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up, too. So I would say China is our greatest friend right now. They’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping prices for mortgages low, too.

She was criticized by satirist on Stewart on The Daily Show the following day.

Burnett clarified her statement the following day …

China has kept prices low in this country. And that’s why I called China our friend the other night on Hardball. But, you know, Chris, nobody wants children to play with toys that are not safe. Nobody wants that. I don’t want that. You don’t want that. But safety and quality come with a price.

On June 4, 2007, Burnett handily won an online poll of the hottest financial news anchors on Wall Street gossip blog Dealbreaker.com. She received 37 percent of the votes while rival CNBC anchor Becky Quick came in second place with 22 percent. CNBC reporter and anchor Maria Bartiromo only received 13 percent, prompting media watchers to dub Burnett as “Maria 2.0.”