The Progressive Populist blog reported a story about Fox News Business Reporter Charlie Gasparino’s ugly Twitter war last Friday night. Charlie has been in these sorts of bullying wars before, so it came as no surprise.
What was insightful was what Charlie said and who he said it to. His war was with the editors and managers of some of the largest, oldest and most respected investment journals around.
The Progressive Populist post got all the details correct, but there was something very revealing in the first tweet that set off the war.
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013
This another version of Fox’s now famous “Some people say”. Here’s an interesting video from the movie Oufoxed, which we featured as part of our Toxic Tea Film Festival.
While it may seem innocuous, the “Some people say” technique is an avoidance of sourcing. It’s bad journalism – or truthfully a complete lack of journalism. Fifteen minutes later he too it back, but for a Fox Business reporter to Twitter that news without checking first is astounding. The ripple effect that could have on a company’s stock, for instance, could be monumentally damaging.
As Rob Blackwell, Washington Bureau Chief of American Banker tweeted, simply adding the “sad if true” caveat isn’t a license to be hyperbolic.
— Rob Blackwell (@ABWashBureau) November 1, 2013
Never did he once seem to grasp that the argument wasn’t about him personally, but about his lack of ethical reporting.