Before Congress finally bails out the Big Three automakers, GM CEO Rick Wagoner may bail.
Actually, that’s not correct. Wagoner is about to be thrown out of the car.
Wait, that’s not exactly right, either. It’s not his fellow passengers from Detroit who are pushing him out, it’s people on the outside dragging him from the stalled vehicle.
As the Wall Street Journal reports in “Outside Pressure Grows for GM to Oust Wagoner”:
On Sunday, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), a supporter of emergency loans for Detroit, suggested Mr. Wagoner should go if the government follows through and provides billions of dollars to help the auto giant restructure and return to profitability.
“I think you’ve got to consider new leadership,” the senator said on the CBS talk show Face The Nation. A Dodd aide said later the senator’s demand for change would not be a “condition written into the” rescue package coming together on Capitol Hill, and draft legislation prepared by top Democrats doesn’t make that explicit requirement. But Mr. Dodd’s displeasure was clear. “If you’re going to restructure, you’ve got to bring in a new team to do this,” he said. “I think [Mr. Wagoner] has to move on.”
Meanwhile, one of the country’s biggest media corpses, the Tribune Co., is about to file for bankruptcy.
Moving on …
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Agence France Presse: ‘Pakistan arrests 15 over Mumbai attacks’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Puppies save three-year-old boy lost in freezing Virginia woods’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Prime Mumbai Terror Suspect Arrested in Pakistani Raid’
Houston Chronicle: ‘Barbara Walters rounds up the most fascinating people’
Atlantic: ‘Behind Mumbai’
India is home to 154 million Muslims, the third largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan. Tolerable inter-communal relations are the sine qua non of Indian stability and ascendancy. India has more to lose from extremist Islam than arguably any other country in the world.
New Yorker: ‘Risk Factors’ (George Packer)
Wall Street Journal: ‘Outside Pressure Grows for GM to Oust Wagoner’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Thain Spars With Board Over Bonus at Merrill’
The difference of opinion between Mr. Thain and directors who hired him just a year ago is part of the bigger debate about compensation practices at Wall Street firms. Many blame Wall Street for fueling the credit crisis that dragged the U.S. economy into recession, and the giant paychecks that are routine at many Wall Street firms have received deepening criticism as the government extends aid to banks and securities firms.
Financial Times (U.K.): ‘Video gaming defies retail gloom’
Microsoft has reported November as its biggest sales month in Europe for the Xbox 360 console – sales rose 124 per cent on a year ago. In the US it announced its best Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, with sales up 25 per cent on the year.
US industry sales are up 25 per cent so far this year, according to the NPD research firm. Game sales in October rose 35 per cent on 2007’s total. The rises are in spite of a strong 2007.
Washington Post: ‘Democrats Working on New Plan for Auto Aid’
Washington Post: ‘Tribune May File for Bankruptcy’
The Chicago-based company owns a coast-to-coast empire with television stations and newspapers in most of the nation’s largest cities. Its holdings include the Los Angeles Times; cable television super-station WGN in Chicago; the Baltimore Sun; and WDCW-50 in Washington, the CW affiliate. The company even owns the Chicago Cubs.