Airlines beg the public's help in lobbying Congress, McCain distances himself from surrogate, new Wal-Mart logo bashed

The airline industry has issued an open letter to consumers, asking them to lobby Congress for legislation to ease oil prices.

The airline industry has issued an open letter to consumers, asking them to lobby Congress for legislation to ease oil prices. The letter claims that speculation in the energy markets led to the 50% jump in fuel prices this year and ends with the stark plea, "We need your help." The letter directs readers to a Web site urging them to join a coalition to end energy speculation. Yet the letter has received a tepid response in the blogsophere from consumers arguing against helping the industry, given its poor customer service record. The presidents and CEOs of United, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, and US Airways signed the letter.

Also:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) distances himself from adviser who calls America "nation of whiners."

WPP attempts a hostile takeover of a British market research company.

Wal-Mart is chided for a new logo evoking crude graphics.

China will regulate advertising space, giving preferential treatment to official Olympic sponsors.

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