Two panelists on a financial news broadcast got caught up in an on-air heated series about face masks and restaurant closings.
Andrew Ross Sorkin and Rick Santelli got into a heated argument as they discussed how coronavirus restrictions have hit companies.
Tension between the two rose when Mr Santelli denied wearing a face mask was backed by science.
Bond expert Sorkin accused his CNBC coworkers of “doing the viewer a disservice” for suggesting that restaurants should be kept open despite the surge in the virus.
Veteran businessman Santelli sparked the argument by saying U.S. lawmakers should balance virus restrictions on businesses with public health concerns.
He added that there was no point in closing restaurants while big box retailers were full of customers.
“Rick, just like a public health and civil service announcement to the public, the difference between a big box retailer,” said Mr Sorkin before Mr Santelli shut him down.
“Who is this?” asked Mr Santelli as the couple spoke to a group of guests from different locations.
Then you heard someone say, “Who else, who else.”
Sorkin then held out his arms to let Mr. Santelli speak.
“The difference between a big box retailer and a restaurant or frankly even a church is so different that it’s incredible,” said Squorkk Box co-host Sorkin.
The two then yelled at each other and Mr Santelli said, “I disagree, I disagree. I do not agree with you. You can have your thoughts and I can have mine. ”
Mr Sorkin responded by telling his colleague, “You must wear a mask. It’s science. I’m sorry, it’s science. ”
“It’s not science,” said an annoyed Mr Santelli.
“Five hundred people in a mall is no safer than 150 people in a 600-seat restaurant,” he added.
“I do not believe it. Sorry i don’t believe
“And I live in an area where there are a lot of restaurants that have resisted and that have no problems and are open.”
Mr Sorkin then aimed firmly at Mr Santelli.
“Well, you don’t have to believe it, but you are doing the viewer a disservice,” said Mr Sorkin.
“You are doing the viewer a disservice. You are. It’s you, ”Mr Santelli replied angrily.
Mr Sorkin then told his rival that he “wants to keep our viewers as healthy as possible”.
“I think our audience are smart enough to make some of these decisions for themselves,” said Santelli of him.