As if there isn’t enough tea talk around here already. Check out this news on sponsors who pulled out of Imus’ show and who didn’t:
Imus, Vonnegut & Bigelow Tea: A Saab Story
What now with all this tea!?
Sponsors that pulled out of Imus’ show included American Express Co., Sprint Nextel Corp., Staples Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. and General Motors Corp. Imus made a point Thursday to thank one sponsor, Bigelow Tea, for sticking by him.
Anyone who thinks Imus was fired for his comment is wrong. He was fired because his advertisers bailed on his show. CBS have cashed in on Imus’ for years. That’s how they roll.
On Thursday night, write a post for Technology Evangelist announcing that the TE podcast is replacing Don Imus on CBS.
Watch a few influential bloggers fall for it, thus amplifying the story.
Spend Friday responding to emails and doing an interview with NPR’s Jon Gordon from Future Tense about the fall-out.
There must be a special place in hell (if you’re the kind of person who believes there is a hell) for people who use the government to rip off the elderly and disabled so they can pad their wallets.
That’s what Billy Tauzin has did by forcing a pharmaceutical bill through congress that generates billions and billions of excess profits for pharmaceutical companies by making it illegal for the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for competitive pricing on drugs for Medicare patients. Excess profits? Yes. Fair profits come through negotiations. Excess profits come from bending over in front of pharmaceutical companies.
Tauzin now works as a lobbyist for the same pharmaceutical companies he helped while he was in congress, meaning he’s now being paid out of the excess profits he helped generate for the companies. Money that comes from millions of elderly American’s when they pay more than they should have to for the drugs they use every month.
However, there is plenty of blame to go around here. George W. Bush quickly signed the bill Billy Tauzin pushes, and even thanks Tauzin for the great job he did ripping off the elderly.
And don’t forget about CBS. 60 Minutes is only three and a half years behind on this story.