Columbus alleges Daily Beast article result of Expedia lawsuit

Earlier this week, the Daily Beast website listed Columbus, Georgia as the #1 “brokest city in America.” They also list Savannah as #25, Macon at #14 and Augusta at #10. To arrive at their rankings, Daily Beast used the August 2011 unemployment rate, median household income and average debt.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is fighting back, alleging that the Daily Beast rankings are motivated by the ongoing lawsuit between the city and Expedia. Tomlinson notes overlap in the senior management of both websites:

“They have the same chairman and vice chairman and they share some senior management,” Tomlinson said. “They also have advertising arrangements, cost sharing arrangements, distribution arrangements, and so forth. So they’re clearly interrelated. It looks as if Expedia may have used that media relationship to further its corporate agenda.”

Tomlinson also noted that 17 of the 30 cities listed currently are involved in litigation against Expedia.

3 comments

  1. Engineer says:

    “Tomlinson also noted that 17 of the 30 cities listed currently are involved in litigation against Expedia.”

    That’s pretty interesting. File this article in the “Good Luck With That” folder.

    • Baker says:

      I felt the same way when I put this up yesterday, but that was before I realized the extent of the relationship between Daily Beast and Expedia. Columbus will definitely not get an apology but that 17 out of 30? That seems fishy. With that said however, maybe 500 out of 1000 American cities are litigating against Expedia. I’d be curious to know how many suits have been brought against them.

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