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CNBC Debate Stills NYSE Trading Floor Commentary,John Lothian Newsletter

John Lothian

The best financial news television in years happened yesterday on CNBC when author Michael Lewis, IEX’s Brad Katsuyama and BATS’ Bill O’Brien faced off in a hexabox along with Bob Pisani, Tyler Mathisen and Sue Herera. O’Brien was aggressive and combative in his manner, taking exception to Katsuyama and Lewis saying the U.S. equities markets were “rigged.”  O’Brien ripped apart Lewis’ contention that he had visited BATS on February 5, 2013, asking, “Were you in Kansas City? Because that is where we are located.” Lewis said he had visited the BATS data center in New York.  O’Brien said he did…