Stewart prompts call for tougher CNBC reporting

NEW YORK — Some critics are seizing on comedian Jon Stewart's attacks on CNBC to launch an online petition drive urging the network to be tougher on Wall Street leaders.

The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America and some economists are behind the effort, launched Monday. They're asking CNBC to hire economic voices with a track record of being right about the current crisis and to do more to hold business leaders accountable.

CNBC has been in the line of fire since Stewart pointed out network personalities who, in retrospect, offered bad financial advice.

CNBC had no immediate comment. CNBC spokesman Brian Steel said last week that the network was proud of its record of offering diverse opinions on the economy.