Well it’s certainly nice that Alex has moderated his opinions since busting my chops for flying business class on a press trip. All things considered I would have much rather had Albo’s trip to Jamaica. Even a “big budget writer” like me has feelings, you know.
You should read Alex’s whole post, because it talks about how most peoples’ hands aren’t clean when it comes to taking freebies, despite codes of ethics proclaiming lily-whiteness. But I really think his kicker is important (fear of class and journalism talk!)
This is all my way of saying, leave Mike Albo alone, let him take his free trip. If you don’t want writers that take freebies, then you get Alex Kucynzski in the Critical Shopper column instead—someone who is so rich that the world is her freebie. What’s worse?
mmmm, how I want to bite into those tender pink minds, like succulent filets they are. Meanwhile, how awesome a win is this for Thrillist and JetBlue? Huge buckets of free publicity and major outlets lining up to pay for the trip after the fact? Note to media: We also will pay to send you places in exchange for stories about the trip and if your employers will pick up the tab in embarrassment. Because once someone pays, there is no shame. Bonus if you can get even more stories because something heavy falls on you. [Full disclosure.]
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Hey Delta, it’s one thing if a regular sized plane is blocking our arrival gate and we have to sit on the runway cooped up in your death-tube until the way is clear. But these little commuter jets just park, we get out, and we get bussed to the terminal. If all the little parking spaces are full, just draw another line of fucking paint on the tarmac so we can get the hells out.