Jet Blue on drugs
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 10:57:45 AM EDT
I can't imagine a worse way to handle this than Jet Blue's CEO backing out of the Yearly Kos event with a letter that characterizes Daily Kos as being a "hateful" website:
As a company we take no stand on any political issues save those directly related to air transportation issues.
From my personal perspective the issue is quite straightforward. Our marketing team made a decision to donate 10 airline tickets to an annual convention of bloggers. JetBlue was one of 23 groups to donate items and thus 'sponsor' the YearlyKos convention. JetBlue will have no presence at the conference or any other involvement with the YearlyKos event. We have NO INVOLVEMENT with DailyKos or anything said or represented on that website.
Our workforce of roughly 11,000 consists of a huge variety of backgrounds and belief systems. I was personally completely unaware of the existence of DailyKos prior to news connecting the YearlyKos convention and thus our airline ticket donation to DailyKos. I personally have never condoned and abhor anything hateful towards anyone and am fully confident that JetBlue's crewmembers share this view.
We certainly hope that the sweeping generalizations connecting JetBlue to a political stand will be recognized as exaggeration and with no basis in fact.
CEO, JetBlue Airways
Anyway... no such thing as bad publicity.
Update [2007-7-20 15:58:48 by Jerome Armstrong]:
And no such thing as bad list-building, Clinton adds a petition page to "Tell Bill O'Reilly to stop smearing grassroots progressives."