Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino made quite an impression at Allen & Co.'s rural schmoozefest this week. Both on Twitter and in an on-air segment, Gasparino complained about being mistreated by the private security guards hired for the Sun Valley conference. But sources told Valleywag that good time Gasparino was the instigator.
Several centuries ago, executives behind the AOL-Time Warner deal met in private at the annual Sun Valley oligarch conference to plot their own demise. To this day, business reporters are still flown to the sleepy Idaho town, hoping something, anything, will happen. But it doesn't. Sun Valley is fucking dull.
Allen & Co. just kicked off its 32nd annual paean to power in Idaho, where Silicon Valley executives get photographed like they're the Kardashian klan at Valentino's château. Let's skip the boring quotes about "consolidation on the content side" and pick apart the pics instead. I'll start: 1. Why is Mark Pincus holding a baby doll? 2. How low does Zynga stock have to drop before his invitation gets lost in the mail?
During last week's rich person confab in Sun Valley, Idaho, the New York Times wondered why Google's chief was absent. Larry Page was "Conspicuous by His Absence," the headline read, and the article noted "he suffers from a chronic illness that affects his vocal cords and breathing." Too sick to attend? Nope! At a wedding. Whoops.