Today was not a good internet day for soon-to-be-former National Post technology reporter (and fleeting Torontoist contributor from way back when) David George-Cosh. In the opening shot in a brief but intense public fight on Twitter, one summarized nicely on MediaStyle, product marketer April Dunford earlier this afternoon called out an at-that-point-unnamed journalist: “Reporter to me ‘When the media calls you, you jump, OK!?’ Why, when you called me and I’m not selling? Newspapers will get what they deserve.” George-Cosh was a touch displeased, outing himself as the “reporter,” and telling Dunford “hey april – fuck you. seriously. fuck you” as she tried to calm him down.
George-Cosh would later delete the messages to Dunford, but as any good technology reporter ought to know there’s no such thing as undo on the internet. (The exchange after Dunford’s initial Tweet is above; the messages are currently still along the sidebar of George-Cosh’s own blog, and their contents are much-discussed right now on Twitter.) George-Cosh did, however, announce earlier today that he’s got a new job in Abu Dhabi, a place where he probably hopes that newspaper reporters can get some fucking respect and where marketers can “handle any heat from what u post and immediate hang up, fuck u.”