Skip to main content

Guy Who Shares The Same Name As "Hedge Fund Analyst" Spreading Lies About Hurricane Sandy On The Internet Would Appreciate Not Being Mistaken For Said "Hedge Fund Analyst" Spreading Lies About Hurricane Sandy On The Internet

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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:

Councilman Pushes For Charges Against Twitter User Who Spread Falsehoods [BuzzFeed]
Even a superstorm is no excuse for journalists not to check Twitter trolling [Guardian]
Shashank Tripathi, Last Night’s Twitter Villain @ComfortablySmug [GOFWD]
Sandy's Biggest Twitter Troll Apologizes [Daily Intel]
Meet the asshole who tweeted false warnings about hurricane [BoingBoing]
Man faces fallout for spreading false Sandy reports on Twitter [CNN]
Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Twitter Controversy [ABC]
(The other) Shashank Tripathi [LinkedIn]


CEO Of NYSE Wants To Take A Meeting With The Guy Who Tweeted The Exchange Was Under 3 Feet Of Water During Hurricane Sandy So He Can Say It To His Face, Or Something

Unclear if this sit-down will take place at Louis' Restaurant in the Bronx, or if Duncan Niederauer went on to say, "Let's see how tough he is without his Twitter handle."