By Kevin Meyer
I love reading The Wall Street Journal on the iPad. More than any other newspaper or magazine, the WSJ got it right in terms of functionality and readability. And the format sometimes leads to the ability to derive comparisons between articles that add context – or at least ridicule.
Or in the case of this morning's edition, ridicule a deux.
1) "Big Gains in November Auto Sales"… and further down there's "GM Moves to Reduce Inventory." Yep, we've told you about this many times. GM counts a "sale" as when a vehicle leaves the factory and is "sold" to a dealer… not necessarily when it is sold to an end customer. Hence the initial apparent conundrum of gains in sales with gains in unsold vehicles. Hmmm…
2) "Singapore Airlines' Troubled Investment" which discusses the problems with the 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic it bought a while back… and right beneath it "Virgin Atlantic Would Fill a Hole for Delta" describing Delta thinking about buying a 49% stake in… Virgin Atlantic. Perhaps Delta should talk to Singapore Airlines? Hmmm…
Obviously there's more to all four stories, and it's not as simple as just the headline.
Or is it?