DealBreaker, Charlie Gasparino & Me

Following my earlier post How to Fix Financial Television, I recieved the following email from the well regarded Bess Levin of Dealbreaker:

Someone (can’t say who) at CNBC said, regarding your how to fix financial television piece, “Barry couldn’t fix the tampon up his asshole.”

Anything you’d like to say share in response? Thanks!

As a matter of fact, yes.

This is, verbatim, what I sent back:

Heh heh. The only person I know at CNBC who would be crude enough to blurt something like that out is my boyee Charlie Gasparino. Please tell Charlie that as much as I find his obsession with assplay both peculiar and fascinating, it adds nothing to the debate over the role of the media in the financial crisis or in general.

And as was made clear at the media panel at TBP conference last week, and in my post this morning, as well as in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR on CNBC, WSJ & Business Press), this is not about CNBC alone and certainly not about Charlie. There are bigger issues about an informed electorate, accuracy in media, and the proper role of the press in society.

Nothing, as far as I can tell, about either assholes or tampons.

My reward for trying to say something constructive . . .

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