- An automotive three-way: OK, so let me see if I can get this correct … plans are afoot to discuss an alliance between Renault, GM & Nissan? This is the Axis of Incompetent. Word has it that the alliance is only including Renault because Yugo had gone out of business. Renault doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to US auto partners — last time it was the entirely forgettable American Motors Corp. and the result was a car called … The Alliance. Actually this could turn out to be a great move for the auto industry as a whole. Put these three companies together and you have overwhelming lead in the expertise needed to lose market share, build unreliable cars and throw good money after bad. This is like an alliance between the Cubs, the Knicks and the NHL. Next up: When the Titanic merged with the Hindenburg. Or a Dukakis & Dole ticket.
- LATE ADD>>> Here’s another to add to the coalition of the clueless: US Airways. CEO Doug Parker says his co., which is the result of a merger between US Airways and America West (formerly the 7th & 8th largest carriers in the US, now the 15th largest, er 5th largest), would be interested in merging with either Delta or Northwest which are both bankrupt.
- Envy, envy, envy — on my part: David Fine tells of a press release that makes the Diva Cup look humble and understated. Suggestion to Newman PR: SHUT UP.
- Now THAT’S innovation: A sanitary handle for shopping carts that you can carry with you. I feel safer already.
Category Archives: Hindenburg
“Rearranging of deck chairs on the Hindenburg continues as CIA Director Porter Goss resigns”
Headline of the day from Fark.com. No they don't mean the Titanic, either. The Hindenburg reference is from Steven Colbert's amazingly funny (if you weren't there) speech at the White House Correspondent's dinner. Read it here. I have been incredibly amused by the fallout from Mr. Colbert's comments. Read about them at MediaNews, or here and here and here and here and … well you get the idea. The basic theme of all the criticism is that the Official DC Press-erati got their bow ties in a knot because Mr. C had the temerity to make fun of his Bushness at the shindig. To which I can only respond: WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? DO YOU WATCH HIS SHOW? This is not a development that should have caught the cream of US journalism (ha ha) by surprise.
And besides, hurrah for him. In the US, the press spends far too much time trying to be liked and far too little just doing their job. That dinner is just one more sign of the way that the press bigwigs suck up to power in DC. We're supposed to represent the least powerful, remember.