As those of you who've followed the career of Charles Gasparino know, before he became a fixture on Fox Business, CG got his start at the Tampa Tribune, followed by Bond World, followed by Bond Buyer (and Newsday, the Journal, and CNBC after that). Since Gasparino remembers his days at BB fondly, as a time of working in the trenches, honing his craft, sporting the mustache and suspenders at left, and hitting the speed bag that hung over his desk in between stories, the rumor he heard earlier today that the publication might be closing struck a chord. With a wave of nostalgia crashing over him, and knowing that the community would look to him for direction in this time of sadness, Gasparino took to Twitter to post a 140 character eulogy, writing:
sad day if true: was told @TheBondBuyer is closing. gave a lot of us our start including @JoeMysak and even once paved the way for reform
Charlie's reminiscence quickly turned sour, however, when an editor at American Banker (owned by the same company that publishes Bond Buyer) wrote that the publication was not in fact closing, as did a fellow named Richard Melville, who works for Source Media, Bond Buyer's parent company, and appears to have started a Twitter account today for the sole purpose of denying Gasparino's story. And while moment earlier, Charlie was mourning the passing of his old stomping grounds, suddenly the gloves and the top three buttons on the nice black suit he'd worn for the occasion were off:
@richmelville had the ring of being true because the last time u guys broke a story was when I was there in 94
From there, all hell broke loose, as things often tend to do when people dare to question Gasparino's reporting:
@HeatherLandy gfy; I said "sad IF true" u moron now go back to writing that muni bonds remain unchanged
@strobist u stand no chance putting me over ur knee much less raising a hand
@TheTechEconomy thanks dan ill keep that in mind the next time u break a story move a mkt which means i aint holding my breath
@seansposito @richmelville little known fact: who ever this guy is got two followers in addit to his mother when i ans one of his tweets
@seansposito @richmelville ur pathetic enjoy the american banker its probably ur last stop
@seansposito @richmelville ill be around long after ur in public relations making $50 a week or unemployed
@ManerdM i wear it as a badge of honor that i dont know who u are
@VendbienJon yes i need that steak sandwich medium rare when u get my dry cleaning
In times like these, as a public service and for the benefit of those who won't have access to Twitter for the next few hours, we like to predict future CG tweets that people taking issue with his special brand of journalism will be on the receiving end of. So far, we've betting on:
- "I'm surprised they didn't shut bond buyer down after I left, woulda been the humane thing to do"
- "[To a man] you're lucky my mother always told me never to hit a woman"
- "I love sparing with numbnuts like you, means I can skip the gym tonight"
- "I think i've seen you before, weren't you handing out towels in the men's room at the Grand Havana Room last night?"
- "I've eaten googootz that broke more stories than u"
- "I said IF TRUE, as in, I'm hearing CG just pulverized your legs with his IROC-Z. If true, you'd be in a lot of pain right now.
Charlie Gasparino [Twitter]