Last Night, Tim Colbeck gave the keynote speech for the Sponsors’ Dinner at the Saab Owners Convention. The New York Times was there to cover it, and mention that he had one particular clip he found particularly relevant to Saab’s current situation.
Swade played that clip here before, and it’s certainly an apt time to bring it out again.
Said Colbeck to the gathered attendees:
“My relationship with the press is summed up in this movie scene,” he said. He showed the clip from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” in which a cart of dead bodies rolls through plague-ridden medieval England. “But I’m not dead,” one of the bodies cries feebly as it is loaded aboard.
It got a laugh.
“All this press has really eroded confidence in the brand,” Mr. Colbeck said. “But we are going to wear them out in this battle.”
He showed a PowerPoint illustrating Saab’s financial ups and downs, with a flow chart and timeline with green, blue and yellow boxes — the latter color corresponding to trying moments in the company’s recent history. “The yellow boxes are the ones the press covers,” he said.
We certainly hope that soon we can slam the door shut on the death warrants, and hold all the journalists who looked for an easy headline grabber to task for what they’ve written. Sometimes they write self-fulfilling prophecies, and for once I wish they’d just stay quiet and wait for the real story of Saab’s financial picture to emerge.