Does It Matter?

JetBlue has sure engaged in the strangest string of decisions one can imagine.

It all started when JetBlue provided free airline ticket vouchers to the YearlyKos convention. JetBlue was attacked by Bill O'Reilly. Jetblue responded to O'Reilly that it had only given free airline ticket vouchers for YearlyKos. O'Reilly trumpeted as a huge cave-in by JetBlue/Victory for Billo, even though nothing had changed.

Update [2007-7-20 18:4:45 by Big Tent Democrat]: Boy this Barger fellow is stupider than I thought:
. . . I personally have never condoned and abhor anything hateful towards anyone and am fully confident that JetBlue's crewmembers share this view. . . .
You believe Mr. Barger, that the Pope is NOT a primate? Are you as dumb billo?


I gather when Markos pointed this out - to wit JetBlue remained a sponsor of YearlyKos, JetBlue freaked out and told Markos to not refer to JetBlue as a sponsor of YearlyKos. But JetBlue ALSO insisted that Markos point out that JetBlue was still providing the free airline ticket vouchers.

So nothing substantively changed, JetBlue is still sponsoring YearlyKos by providing free airline ticket vouchers. O'Reilly has proclaimed victory, though what he won is not clear. Why is O'Reilly satisfied with JetBlue's inaction here? But one must always remember Bill O'Reilly is an idiot.

Now JetBlue, who in fact did not end its sponsorship of YearlyKos, has the progressive netroots all upset at them. Pretty crummy image value for a sponsorship. Of course the upshot of it all is that no corporations will come close to touching anything blog connected now. I suspect you'll see a drop in corporate political blog advertising for all political stripes. But that may have been the idea, right wing blogs and activists rely heavily on rightwing political welfare not straight advertising. One supposes they may not be losing a thing while depriving their political foes of straight advertising sources.

Professional bloggers will likely worry about what this might mean. And they should. But that opens the whole professional blogger can of worms that requires a more thoughtful discussion. Unlike some, I am not one who sees inherently greater value in what a paid blogger says than what say, Jeralyn says. I am a fan of citizen bloggers. But we can take that issue up in another post.

For now, we can say one thing for sure, JetBlue may have taken a bit of a risk with it's sponsorship of YearlyKos, but its damage control has completely exacerbated the problem. Better to have taken the hit from O'Reilly and absorbed the Left love. Now most eveybody thinks less of them.

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    Sign the Petition on O'Reilly Vs Blogs (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Doc Rock on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 04:55:55 PM EST
    Go to Hillary's website and push back against O'Reilly!

    In a word (none / 0) (#1)
    by JMEnglish on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 02:40:05 PM EST
    In a word...no it does not matter...


    It is interesting (none / 0) (#2)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 03:17:17 PM EST
    to note Jet Blue is one of the few non-union airlines here in the US.  The others being Skybus and the as-yet-to-fly Virgin America.

    It must matter, as there are at least (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 03:38:18 PM EST
    5 diaries up plus Kos at DK. What inquiring minds want to know: who was slated to get those free vouchers?

    I never understood why JetBlue just didn't (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 04:13:40 PM EST
    say something honest and savvy like they sponsor the political participation and free speach of average Americans. DailyKos has played a large part in the current dynamics involving those time honored American freedoms.  Go ahead and cherry pick through the free speech comments of average Americans but that isn't what sponsoring YearlyKos is/was about for JetBlue, that's what it's about for Billo though and as is his right he didn't sponsor YearlyKos.

    But Jet Blue advertises in Fox (none / 0) (#6)
    by timber on Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 07:03:28 PM EST
    If Jet Blue's reason is the few hateful comments in DailyKos so it does not want to sponsor DK,  how about the many hateful comments in Fox by O Reilly and his guesst.  Shouldnt they be even handed and pull also their ads in Fox?