I began trading in September of 1999 and have considered CNBC a part of my trading career. I have had CNBC playing in the background every market day from 8AM till 4PM since my very first trade. After Mark Haines unfortunate death, CNBC decided to shake things up a bit and place Jim Cramer into the 9AM slot. I find Jim Cramer to be grating and offers a huge disservice to retail investors from all walks of life. He was and still is known to be a market manipulator by many insiders and for some reason decided to tell the world through an in-house video he made several years ago. http://www.wimp.com/manipulatingmarket/ (better watch it fast since it is usually taken offline very quickly once discovered to have resurfaced). I have gotten in the habit of turning CNBC off at 8:50AM and tend to resume watching around 10AM when Cramer is gone. I will turn to anything including cartoons to avoid hearing this idiot speak. Are there other out there that turn the channel? Why is CNBC punishing its long time watchers? Does he really get good rating? If so, my view of the investor/trading community has moved yet another notch lower from already depressed levels. Well, that is my rant for the day.