Back in September, Fox Business asked a Twitter spokesperson if anyone at the company could "chat about IPO rumors." The response was simply: "...", which Team FBN took to as a confirmation that plans for an IPO were imminent. It's unclear exactly what transpired behind the scenes between the business network and social media platform after that, but based on a the six and a half minutes of airtime FBN correspondent Charlie Gasparino and anchor Liz Claman just spent referring to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo as a "nasty," "slimy," "scheming nerd," it seems fair to say their interactions were less than cordial! The clip really has to be seen to be believed but it includes:
*Gasparino: "Companies like Twitter are not altruistic, they're not charities. They're nasty, conniving, skeevy individuals who run these companies and they want to lure in as much dumb money as possible."
*Gasparino: "Dan Costolo." Claman: "Dick." Gasparino: "George, I couldn't care what the hell his name is." Claman: "Yeah! 'Cause he's not talking to Fox Business, 'cause he's scared!"
*Gasparino: "This guy is a nasty, skeeving, scheming nerd from Silicon Valley. He is! That's my opinion!"
*Claman: "Somebody over there is hashtag-spineless. Hashtag, maybe it's their PR department?" Gasparino: "Don't blame the dumb flacks, you blame the skeevy, nerdy guy that runs the company."
*Gasparino: "It's a big circle something between Wall Street and Silicon Valley."
*Claman: "Fox Business and Twitter came into existence around the same time-- 2007-- and we were the first business network to profile them and they repay us by refusing to talk to us because Charlie and our company have been very honest about them."
*Claman: "Twitter is not profitable years after its launch, Fox Business is-- are they, hashtag-jealous?"
*Gasparino: "They're run by these Silicon Valley nerds...doofuses..."
*Gasparino: "Is [Costolo] Italian?" Claman: "Can you believe that?" Gasparino: "That guy is not a paesan, I can tell you that much."
*Gasparino: "I want to see a picture of Dick Costolo, can we show a picture of him?" [Someone in control room flashes a picture of DC on the screen] Gasparino: "This guy looks like the guy you beat the hell out of...I'm not advocating violence, I'm just saying he looks like---"
Twitter IPO a loss for retail investors? [Fox Business]