Won't anyone sit with Charlie?
Each year the New York Financial Writers Association's annual Financial Follies dinner usually finds financial PR pros falling over each other to get the biggest-name financial journalists to sit at their table. Yet Last Call has learned that with the annual event only three weeks away, high profile Wall Street Journal scandal scribe Charles Gasparino has not received a single invite by a PR firm to pull up a chair at its table.
It is a befuddling situation since WSJ reporters are viewed as the prized catch of the annual PR and reporter schmooze-fest.
Yet, as many of his Journal colleagues have thus far gotten several invites, Gasparino's mailbox has remained empty.
Perhaps his pariah status has something to do with his dogged coverage of the scandals besetting Wall Street's biggest firms, which recently included a front-page story reporting that the most powerful man in the world of finance, Citicorp chief Sandy Weill, could be the next focus of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Wall Street's least favorite crime fighter.
Nevertheless, Gasparino told Last Call that he would leave the speculation as to why he has been passed over to others. Unbothered by the snub, Gasparino says that he plans to throw his own party the night of the follies.