Bryan Burrough's recent Vanity Fairarticle named many parties as suspect in the "murder" of Bear Stearns. But while Citadel, SAC Capital, Goldman Sachs, Jimmy Cayne's substance abuse problem, Corey Haim and the entire cast of Parker Lewis Can't Lose really only got quick mentions as possibilities, the pages devoted to CNBC suggested that the bitches over in Englewood Cliffs killed Kenny. Burrough writes that the network was way too quick to disseminate the rumor of a supposed liquidity problem, that a lack of "adult supervision" allowed for catty infighting among anchors and their producers over who would get the interview with CEO Alan Schwartz (and that whoever was snubbed would retaliate on-air), that David Faber, who was supposed to pose blow job questions at Schwartz unfairly fisted him instead, and that Charlie Gasparino trash talked the company, "peppered Sam Molinaro with phone calls seeking comment," and "raised the specter of a nightmare scenario."
We haven't yet talked to Faber about the five finger act that dare not speak its name, but we spoke briefly with Gasparino earlier and there are a few things he'd like you to know.
1.He never called Sam Molinaro, Sam Molinaro called him, after hearing on CNBC that Bear's PR department wasn't doing anything to dispel the rumors (being promulgated by CNBC).
2.Molinaro told Gasparino "Charlie, you and I have always had a relationship and you can call me whenever you want," to which Gasparino said "Thank you." Molinaro also told him, "I always found you to be a straight shooter."
3.Gasparino never tried to get an interview with Schwartz, and he doesn't even have a producer, thereby precluding him from taking part in the aforementioned cat fight.
4.Burrough never called him about the story.
5.Burrough "failed Journalism 101."
6. Bear went down because of its "failure to communicate with the markets."
7. If Gasparino ever meets Burrough face to face, this is a preview of what he's going to do to him:
As is this:
And this as well: