The New York Times reports that “CNBC Thrives as Hosts Deliver News With Attitude.”

Was last week the worst one in CNBC’s 20-year history — or the best?

The financial news network, a unit of NBC Universal, was savaged by “The Daily Show” in a viral video sensation. It was criticized for being too cozy with the corporations it covers. One of its stars, Jim Cramer, was ridiculed by the White House press secretary. And one of its reporters faced a new round of criticism for an on-air outburst about mortgage “losers.”

When the CNBC anchor Erin Burnett appeared on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO on Friday, Mr. Maher raised a similar issue. “This is the channel that Wall Street watches all day,” Mr. Maher said. “I think this is more than a channel; I think it affects what happens on Wall Street. Why didn’t anybody there predict what was going to happen?”

Ms. Burnett said that the dot-com bubble was predicted, too. “It’s easy to say ‘a bubble.’ You don’t know when it’s going to burst,” she said, adding that the questions of timing and magnitude were missed by many financial experts.

No one gives attitude like an educated Eph Woman. And Burnett is exactly right. I thought that the market was a bubble when Yahoo went public. (I still remember the photo of the founders in Time magazine.) I haven’t been proven right . . . yet.

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