AIG — which has now received the largest government support package for a private company in United States history — is back on track. It's reconsidering massive executive bonuses for the people who ran it into the ground, and they're being moderately more discrete about throwing lavish parties whilst sucking on the taxpayer teat. It's almost as if they've developed a rudimentary grasp of how bad they look and how crucial goodwill is to their continued taxpayer support.
No doubt that's why they think it is necessary to have PR flacks pester foul-mouthed humor web sites.
From an AIG email to Wonkette — yes, the potty mouthed political gossip blog:
If you are actively covering AIG, we’d like to be engaged with Wonkette to allow your readers to get answers about AIG directly from the company. . . .Let me know if you are interested in engaging. If so, we can establish some rules that are amenable for both of us.
Wonkette's apt response:
Dude, Wonkette is a political comedy blog. You live in New York, you work in “media relations,” and you don’t know Wonkette or Gawker or anything? Jesus fucking christ. This is how you clowns are spending EIGHTY BILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer money, whining to comedy blogs? Jesus fucking christ. I am going to post all of these, for hilarity.
Next expect AIG to be writing angry but polite emails to Jay Leno, the writers of South Park, and possibly this blog.
There's such a thing as a culture of poor judgment.
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