For those of you who do not keep up with the drama in the Twitter universe, many, many people are very angry with a user who goes by the name @comfortablysmug, for spreading false information during the worst of Hurricane Sandy that included claims that ConEd workers were “trapped in a power station,” that ConEd was shutting down “ALL power in Manhattan,” and that the New York Stock Exchange was under three feet of water. These reports turned out to be complete lies and @comfortablysmug was shamed in the town square, outed, and forced to offer a “sincere apology to the people of New York,” noting that “while some would use the anonymity and instant feedback of social media as an excuse,” he would take “full responsibility” for his actions. Many in the media, however, are still quite miffed and one guy who’s really pissed? The dude who happens to have the same name (in real life) as comfortablysmug AKA Shashank Tripathi.
The most upsetting part of the disclaimer (and the update in this article) is presumably the description of Mr. Smug as a “hedge fund grunt,” as it appears to be much closer to his real job title than the one he’s worked hard to cultivate on the internet of “hedge fund analyst.” Of course, that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s ever taken a cursory glance at the comments left by comfortablysmug on Daily Intel over the last several years, which seem a bit more like someone doing an impersonation of what he thinks a hedge fund analyst sounds like than an actual hedge fund analyst. Notably: