Journalistic Ethics and the Citibank Bailout
Well, now I'm pissed. Last Tuesday I tipped off Chuck Bennett of the NY Post and did a phone interview with him about Citibank's plane being in Cabo over New Year's. I GAVE HIM THE STORY
AND HE KNEW I HAD PUBLISHED IT ON THIS SITE
This story would not have even crossed the Post's radar without this blog and my email and phone conversation with Bennett. Now another reporter at the Post took Bennett's notes and ran with the story:
Just weeks after Citigroup averted total collapse with a $45 billion shot in the arm of taxpayer cash, the bank jetted its former CEO and his family on one of its corporate jets to a posh Mexican resort for New Year's, The Post has learned.
Sandy Weill, 75, hopped aboard the tanking bank's Bombardier BD 700 Global Express on Dec. 26 with his wife, Joan, daughter Jessica, her husband and their children. They flew from Westchester County Airport to the Los Cabos shore region in sunny Baja, according to aviation records and sources familiar with the trip.
I am referred to as - "sources familiar with the trip" -GRRRRR. I provided a published, eyewitness account
But all the same, I am happy to stick it to Citibank. That company screwed me twice
with their greed and cost me hours of financial legwork to undo their unethical and incompetent dealings over two different third party credit cards. If a couple of executives have to testify before congress because my brother and I jotted down the tail numbers of luxury planes while on vacation, then I'll consider us even.