USA Today’s Del Jones writes about the story but doesn’t advance the story any.
News of Bartiromo’s trademark application follows reports last week by the New York Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others about Citigroup’s decision to fire executive Todd Thomson, 45, for running up lavish expenses on the corporate account that included a $5 million sponsorship of a TV program on the Sundance Channel that was to be hosted by Bartiromo.
They also reported that Thomson bumped three other executives off the Citigroup corporate jet, causing them to fly commercial to make room on the Gulfstream for Bartiromo to travel with Thomson on a 16-hour flight from Asia.
The journalism ethics of Bartiromo and CNBC have been called into question. CNBC has defended the flight as an opportunity for Bartiromo to develop sources and said Bartiromo received advance approval and that CNBC reimbursed Citigroup for the flight.