An informed Writing Boots correspondent points out that Wells Fargo took $25 billion in government bailout money and recently posted a $2.5 billion quarterly loss.
Then, when press reports criticized the company for rewarding high-performing workers with a trip to Las Vegas for an employee conference, the company canceled the trip.
But then Wells Fargo took out an expensive ad in Sunday's New York Times—did our tax money help pay for this ad?—to defend its original intention.
"Okay, time out. Something doesn't feel right," the ad begins. It goes on to attack the media for implying that every employee recognition event is "a junket, a boondoggle, a waste, or that it's for highly paid executives. Nonsense!"
In the old days, one would simply say this about Wells Fargo communicators, and many communicators at this precarious moment in history:
They don't know whether to shit or wind their wristwatch.