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Sunday, August 07, 2005

A big sloppy kiss for Northworst Airlines

I'll cite a source other than the Star Tribune for this one: Channel 11 just did a story about what would happen if Northwest Airlines disappeared that was basically an in-kind donation to the NWA public relations department. It was basically a story about how the world would stop spinning if anything were to happen to Northwest, with the implied message that the state should do whatever it takes to keep them afloat.

Yes, Northwest is one of the largest companies in this state, and as such, any tragedy that befalls them would have a huge impact on our state's economy. However, there are two sides to every story, and we only saw one of them. There was nothing about the promises that Northwest broke after it got help from the state in the past. Nothing about what the workers have had to give up in recent years in terms of their contracts. Nothing about the issues facing the mechanics and flight attendants right now. It was basically a story about how wonderful Northwest is for bringing a hub to Minnesota, and like the goose that laid the golden egg, we can't do anything to tick them off.

I wonder if Northwest will start showing Kare 11 newscasts in their planes as a show of gratitude?


At 1:42 PM, August 08, 2005, Blogger Hammer said...

The question is, if NWA folds, does the skilled labor force it leaves behind attract new employers?


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