RNC throws teabagger Breitbart under the bus

The Republican National Committee has canceled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod as having boasted about discriminating against a white farmer looking for her assistance.

Breitbart was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills…

The spokesman said the fundraiser was cancelled “To better capitalize on the fall fundraising season that happens post-Labor Day, while also lowering costs by utilizing existing trips to California.”

Michael Steele is concerned about lowering costs?

Breitbart has been under fire for posting the video clip of Sherrod that led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod’s forced resignation. She was later vindicated when her speech to a chapter of the NAACP was shown in full.

I look forward to the exercise in sophistry requiring neocons and libertarians to defend both the RNC and Breitbart.

Feds force NY Philharmonic to cancel concerts in Cuba

New York’s Philharmonic Orchestra has put off its first trip to Cuba after sponsors were barred from visiting the Communist-led country.

“The postponement is due to existing US government restrictions on travel to Cuba,” it said in a statement…

Havana was due to host two concerts by the orchestra at the end of next month. It said that its plans received the support of President Barack Obama’s administration.

I guess no one told the State Department.

Some 150 patrons and supporters of the orchestra had pledged to pay $10,000 each to go on the trip to the Caribbean island.

I guess you can meet and negotiate with nations our government disagrees with – but, you can’t necessarily play music.

Ryanair to cancel thousands of tickets

Consumer groups and travel agents have hit out at budget airline Ryanair after it emerged the company plans to cancel thousands of travel tickets bought by customers through third-party websites…

The so-called screenscraping sites allow customers to buy tickets without directly visiting the Ryanair website. They are thought to account for around 0.5% of bookings made with the Irish airline.

From Monday Ryanair will cancel all tickets bought through these sites, which could mean thousands of customers a day do not get seats on the flights that they want.

Those who book tickets via third party sites will get their money back, but they will have to rely on the site to let them know their flight has been cancelled.

It is not clear how long this will take, which means some people booking last-minute trips may turn up at the airport to find their ticket has been cancelled.

Phew! I guess Ryanair is betting the whole farm on discounting price and doesn’t give a hoot in Hell about how many consumers they screw in the process? Good luck with that business strategy.