FORTUNE — Even as Apple (AAPL) and the Department of Justice exchanged increasingly testy documents regarding the proposed remedy in the e-book antitrust case (“A broadside masquerading as a brief,” was how Apple characterized the DOJ’s latest), CNBC used the opportunity to hammer home the theme the network has pursued for nine months now: that Apple is doomed.
The result Tuesday morning was unintentionally comedic, as CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin did his best to put words in the mouth of Daniel Ernst, Hudson Square Research’s Apple analyst.
Ernst would have none of it.
If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are some excerpts:
Note: For the record, the judge in the e-book trial had already rejected the DOJ proposal of an court-appointed antitrust compliance minder with a broad mandate to monitor all of Apple’s content deals, although at a hearing Tuesday she said Apple’s e-book negotiations would have to be overseen by the court.