One of our editors got a surprise in the mail today – a Flip video camera in a black velvet pouch emblazoned with the World Wrestling Entertainment logo.
Stamford-based WWE is owned by Vince and Linda McMahon. Linda, a Republican, recently spent $50 million on an unsuccessful self-funded bid for U.S. Senate.
The $200 phones were sent as holiday gifts to other colleagues in the media as well (Clarification: More accurately, one other colleague that I know of), although they do not appear to have been as widely distributed as the WWE paraphernalia Vince shipped to reporters in the final week of his wife’s campaign.
I e-mailed WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman and asked him for additional details about the Flip phones.
“Just like many other media/entertainment companies do at the holidays, it is a holiday gift that was sent out to select people that WWE has done business with during the past year,” Zimmerman wrote back. “Nothing more, nothing less.”
We’re talking about donating it to a high school journalism class.