Two things are troubling in Charlie Gasparino's latest story on Goldman Sachs, which has apparently been freaking out over how it's going to manage the 85 Broad haters come bonus season, when Lloyd Blankfein is expected to make it rain golden showers. The first is that you might get the mistaken impression Chaz is an anti-Semite. This could not be further from the truth. Charlie loves Jews. Some of his best friends are Macabis and since I've known him he always takes the time to inquire "how the dreidel spinnin's goin', Heeb girl" come December. So please, people e-mailing us, get off CG's ass for the description of current Goldman management below.
People inside Goldman tell me that some senior executives say they believe the onslaught of negative stories detailing Goldman's manifold ties to upper levels of government, charges that it somehow fraudulently profited from the subprime crisis, and now the press about the firm's record earnings is so out of proportion to reality that the coverage contains an element of anti-Semitism--subtly playing off the racist myth of a conspiracy of Jewish bankers controlling the world for their own benefit. (Goldman was founded by a Jewish immigrant, and after years of being run by Gentiles Jon Corzine and Hank Paulson, is once again run by a Jew, Lloyd Blankfein.)
The second issue we're working through this morning is who the goddamn fuck has been running his mouth re: Lloyd Blankfein's looks?
...one thing government bureaucrats don't like is bad publicity, even if it's in fringe media publications.
That's why Goldman has been looking for months for the right person to fill the job of "brand manager." It's the reason senior executives at the firm meet almost daily on how to repair the firm's image. It's the reason Blankfein "looks like shit," according to one Wall Street CEO who considers himself a friend of the Goldman CEO.
It shouldn't be too hard to narrow this down (loose lips Lewis is a strong contender), at which time we can go confront the chump, and demand he say it to LB's face. Let's see how tough he is in the presence of a fishnet bodysuit.