In yet another stunning display of GM's critical lack of understanding of the importance of transparency when asking for public assistance has asked aviation regulators to block the public's ability to track the company's leased private planes. When will this company learn a little thing called "message?"
When asked about the request to the FAA, GM spokesman Greg Martin declined to discuss the reason, only saying "we availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed."
The move comes after the automaker was criticized for flying CEO Rick Wagoner (pictured above demonstrating a landing maneuver) in a leased Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV jet on November 18th and 19th to testify in front of Congress for a $25 billion loan to save the American auto industry.
While the move is something they're "allowed" to do, it's monumentally stupid given their desire for a bridge loan to save the company. Congress, the media and the public (even SNL!) already would like to tar and feather the automaker and it's CEO, this is yet another reason to do it. Just a hint to the PR staff at the General — right now you need more transparency, not less of it. You certainly don't need to be making moves easily perceived by the public as hiding information, and this can very easily be perceived as such.
We're beginning to wonder whatever happened to GM's vaunted PR staff — and whether there's anyone over there who's truly in command of the automaker's message.