Fox Business senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino was unimpressed an investigation into “The Apprentice” and Trump origin story published by the New Yorker Thursday, tweeting out that any conclusion showing Trump was a “serial BS artist” was old news.
“Wow i always thought “The Apprentice” was real and Trump was really worth $10 billion! Sorry guys most Amercians [sic] know Donald is a serial BS artist but they voted for him anyway and that says a lot about 1-his opponent 2-the broken political system,” Gasparino said.
The story by New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe titled “How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success” offered a deep dive into the relationship between Trump and “The Apprentice.”
“Trump would not be president without the show,” Keefe said in a tweet sharing the piece, which also called the reality show “a huge con” that “Apprentice” staff were stunned to realize many Americans took seriously.
“His chief legacy is to have cast a serially bankrupt carnival barker in the role of a man who might plausibly become the leader of the free world,” Keefe said of Burnett.
Though he is a longtime Fox Business and Fox News staple, Gasparino has long been a wild card on air and online. On Twitter, Gasparino is known to frequently joust with trolls who he often accuses of attacking him from their parent’s basement. Over the years he has also developed a reputation as a regular news breaker particularly on the financial and media business beats.
Reps for Fox Business did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Trump has long been accused as a serial exaggerator, something he freely admitted in his book “The Art of the Deal.”
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts,” Trump wrote. “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration–and a very effective form of promotion.”