Gasparino: The Sellout

That’s the name of Charlie Gasparino’s new book, The Sellout.

And its also what his colleagues over at CNBC might be thinking — as several readers noted over the weekend, Charlie jumped ship and has signed a multi-year deal with Fox Business Network.

Back in his early days as a reporter for the WSJ, Gasparino was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting in 2002, and won the New York Press Club award for best continuing coverage of the Wall Street research scandal.

During the run up to the credit crisis, he had terrific access to the leading figures of Wall Street. But that closeness sometimes led him to defend CEOs against accusations of malfeasance or foolishness. Most famously, Gasparino steadfastly defended then Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld against the likes of David Einhorn and others.

He has since moved into a hybrid of opinion and reportage.

I have an odd relationship with Charlie — I like him personally, but think he can be a putz sometimes (See this as an example)

In many ways, the move to Fox Business is a good fit politically. Charlie has had some run ins with his fellow anchors on CNBC, and the combative feisty anchor might find the atmosphere at Fox more to his political likings.

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