White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Friday that CNBC’s reporter Rick Santelli may not have taken a responsible view with his rant against President Barack Obama’s housing plan.

Santelli was the darling of cable television on Thursday for railing about Obama’s $75 billion plan to help rescue people struggling to make their mortgage payments.

On a trading floor in Chicago, Santelli wondered aloud whether people really wanted to “subsidize” mortgages.

Gibbs doubted Santelli’s grasp of Obama’s plan, saying: “It’s tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they’re talking about.”

“I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” he said. OBAMA/