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Why Maria Bartiromo and CNBC Matter

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You really can't begin an ode to Maria Bartiromo without this CNBC classic:

ICYMI: Maria Bartiromo is leaving CNBC for Fox Business.

I don't agree with everything Maria says. I don't always agree with the stances individual personalities and the approaches dynamic television networks take. But that's the very thing that makes them -- individuals and the larger entities they help create -- such important parts of our lives. Personalities who operate along a wide spectrum of styles come together to create this informative and entertaining whole that triggers emotion in us, even if on some subconscious level, and keeps us coming back for more.

Of course, I operate in the media vacuum. That means CNBC, for instance, works as part of my life in a different way than it does yours. But, I reckon similarities exist.

When Erin Burnett said goodbye alongside Mark Haines, I cried:

When she said goodbye to Jim Cramer, I laughed and cried:

When Mark Haines unexpectedly passed away, I cried. I spent the day in shock, but also in admiration of the way his colleagues handled that day. With just the right balance of attention, respect and reporting of the other news of the day.

Like you, I have my favorite CNBC personalities. And my least favorite. That's the beauty of TV and media in general. We love and we hate. And we watch, read and/or listen. If CNBC didn't serve all flavors of passion along with stock market and business news, it, at least for me, wouldn't capture my attention nearly as much as it does.

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