Over the weekend, USA Today ran an interview with Meredith Whitney, conducted by Maria Bartiromo, about her muni bond call. Perhaps you read it? Charlie Gasparino did and he’s so angry he can hardly see straight and has a whole host of questions he wants answered. But let’s backtrack a second. Chaz was surprised to see the interview at all, given that probing of Meredith’s prediction last fall by, CG says, “reporters like myself” resulted in the analyst retreating from the spotlight. But she agreed to this one and Charlie is pretty sure he knows why. Veins bulging and sweat pouring down his neck, Charlie posited today it’s because his former CNBC colleague was more than happy to “serve as a conduit for Whitney’s initial absurd claim.”

CG seems to believe Maria’s reason for “letting Whitney off the hook” was a combination of good old-fashioned ass kissing of a source by a reporter and the fact that Bartiromo and Meredith don’t have a brain cell between them (“the interview reads like a press release…leaving readers questioning whether the analyst who adroitly called the banking crisis in 2007 has since been lobotomized along with the interview’s author”). Charles is stinkin’ mad Maria didn’t get Whitney to admit her fall call was wrong or “concede that her prediction was devoid of any real analysis,” like he would’ve. And don’t even get him started on Bartiromo pumping up Whitney as some sort of expert, because it disgusts him.

And check out this little gem. “You have been the voice for concern regarding the finances of states and municipalities,” Bartiromo intones. “How do things stand today?” I hate to break it to you Maria, but Meredith Whitney is far from “the voice of concern” regarding the dismal state of municipal budgets. Just about every mayor and governor, journalist, taxpayer and investor I know has weighed in on the issue of governments spending too much, as tax revenues fall and budgets fall out of balance. I put New Jersey governor Chris Christie above Whitney on this issue any day of the week.

Okay. Now that Charlie has had time to breathe and regroup and take his anger out on the BowFlex in his home office, he’s willing to let Maria off for the ego stroking. “The real story,” he writes, still in his workout gear (a Champion sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off), “isn’t whether this reporter is kissing up to a source (we all do it from time to time) but whether an analyst who has the stroke to tank the market is now fully backing away from her claim and what that means for investors and taxpayers.”

A story Chaz intends to investigate fully, once this Myoplex shake fully digests.

Charlie Gasparino: Is Meredith Whitney Flip-Flopping Or Stalling [HuffPo]

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  1. Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    “I put New Jersey governor Chris Christie above Whitney…”

    That’s a dislocated pelvis just waiting to happen.

  2. Posted by Doctor Feel Good | March 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    The surgury both M’s need starts w/ an L but ends in iposuction not obotomy

  3. Posted by Cheesy | March 21, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Charlie Gasparino Raises The Possibility That Maria Bartiromo and Meredith Whitney are shagging right now. Search your feelings for you know it to be true.

  4. Posted by M Haines | March 21, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I can tell this guy is a journalist.

    /Guy who recognizes journalistic excellence when it is staring him in the face

  5. Posted by Guest | March 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    How he could say this about a fellow paesana is shameful

  6. Posted by Guest | March 21, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Pot, I’d like to introduce you to Kettle.

  7. Posted by Charles Y | March 22, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Bess,
    Your article reads a bit like a gossip column. You report what Charlie Gasparino said about… Well maybe Charlie Gasparino should do his own interviews. If he has some hard hitting questions he should be direct, seek out and interview Whitney himself . The language used indicates he has personal issues with Whitney or Bartiromo. This is not good journalism on Gasparino’s part, maybe good blogosphere hype.

    Personally, I would take Whitney’s or Maria’s opinion over Gasparino’s.

  8. Posted by Guest | March 22, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    You’re a real fucking retard if you can’t grasp that this article expressly makes fun of Gasparino and his “journalistic” pursuits.

  9. Posted by CT | March 22, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    If you came away with this post thinking Bess thought Charlie’s article demonstrated “good” journalism (or journalism at all), you are the one we should be worried recently underwent a lobotomy.

  10. Posted by Guest | March 22, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    “Your article reads a bit like a gossip column.”

    It reads like someone making fun of the fact that Charlie doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together, but fancies himself an investigative journalist.

    In sum, kill yourself.

  11. Posted by SRH | March 22, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    co-signed.

  12. Posted by streetman | March 22, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Umm, yeah Captain Obvious, I think we get it….

  13. Posted by Whitney Rating Agency | March 22, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    CG-

  14. Posted by Guest | March 22, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    I think he’s got an Italian outer borough thing for MB, when he’s angry he’s really fantasizing about cruising Bay Ridge with MB in his Trans Am, t-tops off of course.

  15. Posted by Seaman Bodine | March 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    if there was no Internet, this wouldn’t be a problem

  16. Posted by Puffer | March 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    In typical Gasthug style…attack those who refuse to go FBN…the news channel nobody watches..stick to drinking and cheating…

  17. Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Welcome to DB (that’s Dealbreaker). Please refrain from commenting in the future.

  18. Posted by Duped | March 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Wait a second. This isn’t a gossip column? I want my money back

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