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11/01/2013 05:16 pm ET | Updated Nov 04, 2013

A Fox Business Reporter Lost His Shit On Twitter And It Was Amazing

Fridays are typically slow news days in the business world, which is a good thing, because veteran business reporter Charlie Gasparino was extremely busy this Friday.

The Fox Business star, formerly of CNBC and The Wall Street Journal (and occasional blogger for the Huffington Post), spent much of the day reenacting World War II, playing the role of all of the combatants at once in a sprawling brawl with pretty much everybody else on Twitter. In the process, he managed to belittle and insult writers and editors at news outlets from American Banker all the way to BuzzFeed.

It started innocently enough, with a tweet about a tip Gasparino said he got about The Bond Buyer, a municipal-bond trade publication for which he'd once worked:

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

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

Not long after, he tweeted that Bond Buyer was not closing. Whew!

just told @thebondbuyer is NOT closing thank God

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

But the damage was already done. That first tweet of Gasparino's was not well-received by some of his fellow financial journalists, who thought it reckless. James McTague, Washington editor for Barron's, tweeted what looks like some gentle joshing:

@CGasparino Bond Buyer editor was tempted to retaliate with tweet, "FOX Biz Closing, Gasparino fired." But exercised restraint.

— James McTague (@Mctaguej) November 1, 2013

That was all it took for Gasparino to threaten violence, carefully masked in a veil of mis-spellings and abbreviations:

@Mctaguej either that ir he fear he might have to extract my shoe from his..as shkld u

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

Wow! That escalated quickly! But it had only just begun.

Richard Melville of SourceMedia, the parent company of Bond Buyer, also fired back at Gasparino:

@ABWashBureau @CGasparino @TheBondBuyer Can confirm that this is not true. Unable to say same of Fox Business, unfortunately.

— Richard Melville (@richmelville) November 1, 2013

Gasparino observed that Bond Buyer has pretty much sucked ever since he left and is probably due for the scrapheap anyway:

@richmelville had the ring of being true because the last time u guys broke a story was when I was there in 94

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

Melville gave as good as he got:

@CGasparino Might be the last time you got one right, as well.

— Richard Melville (@richmelville) November 1, 2013

But Gasparino fired back with yet another tweet about Bond Buyer's irrelevance:

@richmelville sorry pal uve been publishing yesterdays news for too long starting to lose it

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

At which point Heather Landy, editor-in-chief of American Banker magazine, another SourceMedia outlet, joined the fray, which brought a withering response from Gasparino:

@HeatherLandy ur dumber then the melville guy

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

Landy may not be dumb, but she was dumbfounded:

Ok, @CGasparino tweets WRONGLY abt @TheBondBuyer, gets called out 4 it & replies: @HeatherLandy ur dumber then the melville guy #wtf?

— Heather Landy (@HeatherLandy) November 1, 2013

Gasparino fired back with a one-two-three punch of a synonym for "dumb," yet another shot at his former employer's relevance and an invitation for Landy to go perform an unnatural act on her self ("gfy"):

@HeatherLandy gfy; I said "sad IF true" u moron now go back to writing that muni bonds remain unchanged

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

At which point AB's Washington bureau chief Rob Blackwell came to the defense of his colleague:

So @CGasparino called a reporter dumb because they wanted to confirm something before reporting it.

— Rob Blackwell (@ABWashBureau) November 1, 2013

Gasparino took a breath and responded in a fairly even-handed way:

@ABWashBureau no I called her dumb cause she didn't read my tweet

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

But the fight was on:

@CGasparino You said "if," but that's not a get out of jail free card. I can't say "Sad if true, but hear @CGasparino was deported to China"

— Rob Blackwell (@ABWashBureau) November 1, 2013

@CGasparino You're high profile; even tweeting causes big ripple effects.

— Rob Blackwell (@ABWashBureau) November 1, 2013

@ABWashBureau learn how to read u might get a job at bloomberg

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

@CGasparino I find it interesting that your responses are personal invective. I wasn't insulting you, I was stating fact.

— Rob Blackwell (@ABWashBureau) November 1, 2013

By this point, the media blog JimRomenesko.com had caught wind of the fight and written it up. That post included a letter from journalist Dan Mitchell, who called Gasparino "severely emotionally stunted. He constantly hurls vicious insults at people and gets into long, juvenile pissing matches."

Mitchell also tweeted:

Charlie Gasparino's Twitter feed: the disintegration of an adult human's personality seen in real time. @romenesko http://t.co/IgKrvEe6Zq

— Dan Mitchell (@TheTechEconomy) November 1, 2013

When Romenesko asked him for comment about Mitchell's criticisms, Gasparino tweeted:

@romenesko i shoot up not down

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

BuzzFeed writer Mariah Summers wrote up the fight, calling Gasparino out for "poorly spelled tweets," and then tweeted a link to her own article, like you do, which brought yet another salvo from Gasparino:

@mariahjsummers no name correspondent gets blocked after annoying tweet

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

In response to another tweet by BuzzFeed writer Matthew Zeitlin, Gasparino laid out his demands:

@MattZeitlin this is outrageous i spelled everything right who is her editor I want front page correction retraction and disciplinary action

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

This naturally attracted the attention of BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, which sparked another skirmish:

.@cgasparino knows that crazy attacks on talented young reporters win the Internet these days https://t.co/B5WvCuS2Bw pic.twitter.com/f721ZIBKMn

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) November 1, 2013

@buzzfeedben who's the talented reporter?

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

@CGasparino I know, you're way too important to know people's names. Sounds like you're in a great place.

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) November 1, 2013

All the while, Gasparino was still battling with multiple SourceMedia employees at once, using his secret weapon: belittling their Twitter follower count:

@richmelville @ABWashBureau if i keep arguing w this melville dope he might double his twitter foloing

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

little known fact, confirmed from sources, @CGasparino loves talking about himself naked in the men's locker room at Fox News.@richmelville

— Sean Sposito (@seansposito) November 1, 2013

@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

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

@seansposito @richmelville learn how to break a story

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

@CGasparino @richmelville I'd be proud of that... better than having Fox News as my grave.

— Sean Sposito (@seansposito) November 1, 2013

Update: Gasparino's Twitter response to this story:

slow news day or journalism hitting a new low? two news organizations "reported" on a twitter war of mine @HuffPostBiz @BuzzFeedBen

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) November 1, 2013

The attention has clearly not slowed Gasparino down. Within hours, demonstrating how well he punches "up not down," he was belittling a person with 25 followers as "fat, dumb and bald," telling him to "have another twinkie" and giving him "some advice: salads."

Correction: Speaking of mis-spelling: An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled the name of the website JimRomenesko.com.

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