Your Humble Blogger Nearly Does a Pratfall on BNN

My end of this little segment was shot at Nasdaq, and I’ve been at that location a few times (although they have quite a few little booths at Nasdaq for this sort of thing).

And one point in the show, I leaned forward in the chair….and the chair gave out beneath me! I didn’t check to see how bad it looked, but I imagine it was mildly comical.

In this clip, I go after some of the usual targets…and a new one, Rogin Cohen, America’s top bank regulatory lawyer and advisor to, among others, Goldman.

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You can view the segment here. Enjoy!

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  1. readerOfTeaLeaves

    You didn’t miss a beat, Yves. I particularly appreciated your explanation of the ‘non-negotiation’ antics, and how these are embedded in NY banker mindsets.

  2. WhiskeyJim

    Wow. You knocked that interview out of the park.

    Articulate, aware, intelligent, and PRESENT.

    Tell them to fix the lighting.

  3. IF

    Indeed. Very well. Greatly improved from what I remember. Time to show up on MSM!

    That said, any chance to have greater distance between camera and face? You face was narrow/a bit distorted. If this is not your normal look it might be due to a cramped room and wide angle lens. Of course I assume you don’t control the setup and have to live with what is offered. Maybe there are tricks you could do to influence this, but I am over my head here.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      Thanks for the comments. The lighting there sucks, one big interrogation light right over a camera (although truth be told, most remote studios have fairly crappy lighting). The Nasdaq setting makes me look a tad cadaverous, more war paint probably in order.

      Re the focus, I think that was partly the result of the chair incident. I think i might have jostled the camera a bit.

      1. IF

        Just to be more clear. Here is a great take of the same face with different lenses from 350mm to 19mm and finally again 350mm for easy comparison of the effect:

        I got the impression that your interview partner got lenses further to the left (more space between camera and person), while you got one more to the right (less space).

        The article explaining everything is here:

        Probably nothing you can do, but probably still good to be aware of.

  4. psychohistorian


    I just watched the segment and agree with others that you nailed it. The visualization of the not so spinning plates at the end was perfect.

    The chair incident did detract a bit from concentrating on your message but you handled with aplomb.

    It is interesting that you are referred to as an economist now and I encourage you to use that appellation as a segue to your political economy paradigm. While you do an excellent job of laying out the facts of the matter I believe that there needs to be this political economy concept exposed to folks as a overarching paradigm for hanging off strategies of social governance.

    While I agree with attempter from last nights posting about Ms Warren that you are providing stellar leadership in calling for sound political economic policy and while I agree that this area is fundamental to progress, the efforts of other women such as Ms Warren, Hamsher, Digby and others are equally as important in motivating the public toward demanding needed social change. To me it also speaks volumes about the need for more women in leadership positions to balance the patriarchal bias of the current structure.

    Keep up the effort and know that you are appreciated. In my world, when we get around to fixing Congress to once again representing the populace at large rather than the rich, you would be up for a Medal of Honor for your contributions to saving our ship of state (assuming we are able to do so).

  5. Ken

    I watched the interview on BNN this afternoon. Outstanding analysis of the present situation. I am surprised that BNN hasn’t pulled the plug on you yet though.

  6. Jim the Skeptic

    Great interview.

    Very rapid fire. You might want to slow down a little. I am sure the regulars here got all your points but you want the less informed to have more time to absorb your information. Just a thought.

    The little bobble on camera was insignificant. You handled it very well. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  7. Nick B

    Quick reflexes Yves! You kept talking right through the slip, so I hardly noticed it. I really enjoyed watching that interview, great points through and through!

  8. Bill

    I agree with everybody else, sensational interview, though I’ll agree with whoever said something about its likely going over the head of regular people.
    Had I not been reading your blog and others for the past 3 years, I would have understood little of what you said, as I have no education or training in finance/economics,never even took Econ101.

    Still, it’s very gratifying to listen to real Truth, as always it nourishes those of us who recognize it, so you are performing a tremendous public service just by speaking truth public.

    However, the better you get, and the more exposure, the greater your personal risk. I hope you are keeping safe.

    We’d expect at least some kind of personal smear campaign a la Assange (Wikileaks founder) if you really become a regular on MSM, or even close.


  9. William C

    Agree with the others -excellent again. Am enjoying Econned. Hugely impressed by the amount of work which must have gone into it, when you were blogging as well.

  10. catlady

    Aarrgghhh!!!! I’ve tried several times, and the video won’t load. Of course, the advertisement does, without fail.

  11. Chris

    I’d love to see these three women in charge of America for a period of time: Yves, Warren, and Barbara Ehrenreich.

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