Fun with Wallstrip

 

Last week, we shot an episode of WallStrip. Howard has been chasing me to do this for quite some time, and the truth is, we simply didn’t have space until we moved into larger quarters in September.

The show is up today, and fortunately, they edited out some of the really dumb things I said (Is calling someone who works on Wall Street a communist really all that libelous?). We shot prior to the Sub-Prime rescue plan being announced, so that is coincidental. Any references to my going on an enraged machine gun spree — and there were several — were removed in light of the mall shootings. Also, they edited out most of the profanity (F*&%$ing CBS!).

WallStrip

Oh, and I asked the cameraman to pull back a little bit (How do you feel about Cleveland?) so you can blame him for  the horrific close ups . . .

Behind the scenes: Here’s the set up for the shoot held in our office:

Rearranging the furniture:

Lindsey & Me:

Lovely Lindsey (note the intense concentration):

Love the boots!

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  1. Bob A commented on Dec 7

    I am anxiously awaiting a Wallstrip on DECK which will hopefully feature Lindsay in Uggs and not a whole lot else

  2. Bob commented on Dec 7

    More Lindsey. Less Barry.

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with him)

  3. Mr. Flibble commented on Dec 7

    Posting up some weekly cheesecake, Barry?

    (Geez–some people will do anything to get hits) ;-)

  4. deltaverde commented on Dec 7

    Rather than worrying about our oil money going to Venezuela or Iran, let’s worry about our oil money going to the nation from which 15 of the 19 911 hijackers got their visas and which supplies an estimated 90% of the suicide bombers in Iraq: Saudi Arabia.

  5. SamuraiDave commented on Dec 7

    I loved the comments about the “communists” on Wall Street. You were right on the money when you pointed out how the “free market” boys were crying for government help because the market dropped 10%. Weren’t these the same people wgo didn’t think the government had any business helping Katrina victims?

  6. SamuraiDave commented on Dec 7

    I loved the comments about the “communists” on Wall Street. You were right on the money when you pointed out how the “free market” boys were crying for government help because the market dropped 10%. Weren’t these the same people wgo didn’t think the government had any business helping Katrina victims?

  7. LAWMAN commented on Dec 7

    Great piece. Was it cold in there or something? Lindsey afraid to show you some skin?

    Commies. LOL.

  8. Fredex commented on Dec 7

    Great interview.

  9. John commented on Dec 7

    I was wondering why there had been a jump in OTC Barrier options on Howard.

  10. fatbear commented on Dec 7

    You look great, well-rested and lively

    A few “notes” from a producer who misses giving ’em to writers:

    1) Fix the windowshade – out of alignment indicates sloppy thinking and indifference – and you are neither.

    2) 86 the plant – what is this, Edward Scissorhands? It’s crowding you, makes the frame uncomfortable, and distracts.

    btw, re strike – bad for me, but they’re right – they folded too easily in the past, and the potential $ they lost on DVD is nearly incalculable. More than I missed by selling AAPL under 100.

  11. KirkH commented on Dec 7

    You need to get on Kudlow and do that.

  12. n commented on Dec 7

    She has a crush on you

  13. Champ Kind commented on Dec 7

    I’d like to take her out to a nice seafood dinner and NEVER call her again!

  14. Ted Craig commented on Dec 7

    I finally realized the difference between MSM TV people and online video folks – the people on CNBC, CNN, etc. are apparently mutants who don’t blink.

  15. mhm commented on Dec 7

    BR, Can you get us the hit count on Lindsey’s photo? I bet it blows any economic graph you had today by a wide margin…

  16. Joe Klein’s conscience commented on Dec 7

    KirkH:
    Did you see Kudlow and Laffer trying to drown out Battipaglia(sp?) yesterday?

  17. Strasser commented on Dec 7

    Barry… great piece!

  18. brbrown commented on Dec 7

    Would it have killed you to do something about that left eyebrow :)

  19. muckdog commented on Dec 7

    Nice job, BR.

    We’ve had The Fed for quite awhile now, and their job is to keep a lid on inflation and maintain full employment. At least that’s what I read on a bathroom wall somewhere.

    So is the Fed bailing out the stock market? I don’t think so.

    I think the Fed is sensing the sluggish economy, which you mentioned. They’re also aware that inflation is rather tame, which is contrary to your belief.

    So, if the Fed believes that growth is too slow and concerned about future employment, they have the ability to lower rates because inflation is not currently a threat.

    And lets face it, the Fed is partly to blame for a sluggish economy as they kept interest rates too high for too long. (In addition to higher energy costs hitting consumer pocketbooks and the real estate recession).

  20. bucky katt commented on Dec 7

    Nice job! I like the commie tag, one which I think applies the whiners that want to be bailed out. The Cramer rant comes to mind.
    His ‘my people are suffering’ is all that needs to be said.

  21. HerbS commented on Dec 7

    lindsey is the new Maria fartaroma

  22. dblwyo commented on Dec 7

    Excellent – thanks for posting. Nice & balanced overview of the economic outlook. Enjoyed the rest of the show. Despite the hassle factor (& Lindsey’s a very good interviewer who does her prep and that’s hard work) maybe you could do more of these ?

  23. Eclectic commented on Dec 7

    I just want to say how disappointed I am in all your reader comments on this thread!

    I’m sick and tired of nothing but pervasive sexual innuendo at every turn. Some of you should learn a little common decency and respect.

    Don’t you understand how humiliating it is for a person to have their entire being cast as nothing more than an item of lust!

    You ALL should have more self-respect than to allow yourselves to drift into mindless carnality… Barringo is NOT JUST A PIECE OF MEAT!!!

    Serious?… Me?… Are you kiddin’ me????

    HaHa!

    I hope I’m not sTruCK suddenly and seriously d-e-a-d before I finish this fantasy I’m havin’ about being whipped into submission by black leather and a dried-out dead Bonsai tree root!!

    Howard, I have an idea for a skit. You know when they advertise the pills for erectile dysfunction, and they put the boilerplate warnings about priapism lasting longer than 4 hours and the potential for the random case of b-l-i-n-d-n-e-s-s. Well, WTF?… If you can’t enjoy the side effects of the medicine, what’s the point?… hmmm?

    Anyway, back to the skit. You could have Lindsey go find one of the cliché couples paired up in two bathtubs sittin’ out in some sunlit meadow that they invariably use for the hardly-challenged medicine in reference. Lindsey could ask ‘em WTF kinda turn-on do they get sittin’ TF out in the middle of a meadow in 2 tubs?… I can think of a number of places, things, musical pieces, visual imagery, sounds, smells and a host of other pleasing stimulants to the enterprise in discussion, but not once can I conjure up me and some honey sittin’ in a meadow in 2 tubs. One tub?… possibly, but porcelain just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s just me.

    http://www.wsbonsai.com/

  24. n commented on Dec 7

    Was hoping to see MS , Michael Schumacher, on with you ,,,,, he posts so often , I was hoping that he was there too , for his valuable 2-cents

  25. Todd Mentch commented on Dec 7

    Hey Barry,

    Not being snarky here, just genuinely curious: Would love to know if they pay you to do this? I figure it must be yes, but perhaps the exposure is worth the time for you?

    Easy call on naming Countrywide to the kill list, would have loved it if you named a bank as well – it almost looked like you wanted to say one, instead of “XYZ.” Anyway, great interview. Though I’m sick of people sucking up to Wallstrip when they ask if you’re “short/long” on Wallstrip.

    The correct answer to such a loaded question is: I’m short you asking that f*in question.

  26. wunsacon commented on Dec 7

    >> just want to say how disappointed I am
    >> in all your reader comments on this
    >> thread!

    >> I’m sick and tired of nothing but
    >> pervasive sexual innuendo at every turn.
    >> Some of you should learn a little common
    >> decency and respect.

    I don’t know if this was said in jest or not. But, it actually expresses my reaction to reading the comments, if not elements of the post itself as well. I am disappointed.

    We objectify members of the other sex in various less-serious entertainment industries such as fashion and porn. I understand that, because appearance in those industries represent “the steak” — not “the sizzle”. But, could we please avoid discussing and maybe — someday in the distant future — even avoid considering a woman’s (or man’s) appearance in other venues (e.g., economics)?

    First, when you write what you write, what do you expect female TBP readers think in response? Put yourself in their shoes: What if this board were dominated by women and interviews involving male hosts led to comments about how the men looked?

    Second, although you might say “oh, wunsacon, this is harmless”, it’s this mentality of ours that contributes to the placing of relative airheads as TV news anchors and well-groomed incompetents in positions of power. Isn’t that something you all would like to stop?

  27. wunsacon commented on Dec 7

    Actually, there are very few comments that led to my previous comment. But, I hope one day not to even see that many.

  28. Phipps commented on Dec 7

    Hmmm… Hardly ever catch Mr. Ritholtz on CNBC, so was interested to see this.

    1) Lindsay is, ahem, distractingly attractive. I’m not sure that my own train of thought wouldn’t have lost a caboose looking at that during the entire interview. I’m a weaker man.

    2) Before this bit, I couldn’t quite get the actor that Barry vaguely reminds me of— seeing him in his full New York form here (and in a slightly less formal setting), it finally occurs to me:

    Robert Deniro. Not “Travis Bickle” Robert DeNiro, but the recent (or a few years back) version.

    Props to the Proprietor on the interview.

    Just one criticism:

    Barry, George Bush is worse than DRM, trust me.

  29. Rich Lather commented on Dec 8

    Barry, Did you get that accent from Brooklyn?

    I guess you read Kenneth Pollock’s book, the threatening storm…bullshit at it’s finest. I do agree with the Manhattan project approach in theory, but given what they have done with the food supply in the last go-around of “fixes”, we will have to wait until energy prices really HURT to do something serious about our energy issue.

    Ironically, nuclear seems the greenest approach yet, but the fear issue needs to be addressed. Control technology is light years ahead of where it was back during 3MI and Chernobyl.

    BTW, good interview, sex interviewer, and thanks for having the fortitude to be frank on video.

  30. Brian B. commented on Dec 8

    BR,

    I like you when you get 10 seconds on CNBS, you are even better when you get 5 mins. BTW, that girl is cute… something about her… keep it up BR.

  31. Mike G. commented on Dec 8

    I would love to see one of those body language analysts analyze this. Look at the shot of Barry, easing back into the coch, arms WIDE open. Nothing to hide there. He’s saying “Come Lindsey. Why do you sit so far away? *tap tap on the couch* Ask your questions my little dove.” Her, I’m not so sure. Not quite as relaxed, but Barry had home field advantage.

    Next time you are on Fast Money ask the desk whose Wall Strip interview they liked better, yours or Dylan’s ( she happened to run into him on the street and he actually had no idea who he was talking too – quite ammusing)

  32. Bob A commented on Dec 8

    Dearest Wunsacon. Lindsay ( yes it is with an ‘a’) knows we old farts love her AND think she is extraordinarily intelligent, informed, hardworking, talented AND beautiful. AND she has a sense of humor. AND she uses sexual innuendo frequently herself in Wallstrip. You should watch her more often. LIGHTEN UP!

  33. Mike G. commented on Dec 8

    Wunsacon:

    TV newscasters are good looking because they are news readers. They don’t have to know a damned thing. The network wants you to have some reason to watch their reader tell you the news instead of someone else’s news reader. They are in a tight spot as it is largely the same news on any channel so where is the value added? They don’t have to be bright at all. It is a totally fixed format! There is no ability to think and hence very little up-side for a smart news reader. There is potential on the down side only if Bambi can’t actually read and speak clearly. For the most part they are solo acts so there is no personality to highlight. What’s a network to do? What is the differentiator? Looks!

    When the Japanese find a way to make a lifelike Asimo with articulating knockers they’re all out on the street. :) Don’t hate them because they are beautiful, but don’t watch them because you want “insight” or brains either! Wake up and smell the moisturizer!

  34. Eclectic commented on Dec 8

    wunsacon,

    I apologize if you were offended by my attempts at ribald ironic humor.

  35. wunsacon commented on Dec 9

    Hi Eclectic,

    Thanks for offering but it would be hard for me to say I was “offended”. I’m thinking more of how we might make female TBP readers feel. Or, more personally, one of my closest female friends once confided in me how sick she is of sexism on Wall Street. I suppose I’m reacting “virtually” “on her behalf” (even though she doesn’t read TBP). Indeed, I laughed when I read your post because you went all out.

    Sure, we aren’t reading stories these days of “Predators’ Ball”. Some firms have clamped down on “buffets at the strip clubs” for lunches. This is all good. I hope we continue this trend.

    Mike G.,

    >> TV newscasters are good looking because they are news readers. They don’t have to know a damned thing.

    Yes. But, I think that’s a problem.

    >> For the most part they are solo acts so there is no personality to highlight.
    >> What’s a network to do? What is the differentiator? Looks!

    Yes, rather than differentiate themselves on the quality of the *news* — the steak — they’re “differentiating” (if you can call one airhead hotter than another) themselves with *appearances* — the sizzle. “News” departments around the country are cutting down on costs but we sure have hot women telling us all the “news”. (Are people thinking critically when they listen or are they paying attention to the smile?)

    Even if you don’t, I consider that a problem. Not a more important problem that Apophis or a more urgent one than Iraq. But, I consider it a problem.

    >> When the Japanese find a way to make a lifelike Asimo with articulating knockers they’re all out on the street. :) Don’t hate them because they are beautiful, but don’t watch them because you want “insight” or brains either!

    I’m looking forward to, um, investing in this product.

    >> Wake up and smell the moisturizer!

    Mike, I appreciate you trying to help me understand the situation. I indeed smell the moisturizer and see the Botox. But, I still see the status quo in “news” programs as a problem.

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