According to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC that is sponsoring it, an online petition at http://fixcnbc.com, prompted by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart's savaging of CNBC's Wall Street coverage, is receiving about 400 signatures an hour.
The petition -- labeled "FixCNBC! Jon Stewart made the case. Now we're demanding action"-- called on the network to ask tough questions of the financial community.
Among those listed as sponsoring the letter were representatives for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting and Free Press.
At press time, the petition had gotten 1,744 signatures.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.