Daily Podcast: Off-Topic

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
daily podcast off topic

Back when we started the TTAC news blog, I posted an item about the Maine DMV issuing drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. The site took a real beating from our proto-Best and Brightest for entering the realm of partisan politics. Frank Williams and I paused, thought about it, and pressed ahead. As long as a post had something to do with cars, we considered it fair game. Still do. And I'm glad we did. In the last week alone, I've read (and enjoyed) dozens of passionate discussions about politics, religion, free speech, foreign policy, economics, energy policy, international trade, sexual morality and much more. ALL of it car-related. All of it respectful. That's no small point. Although I've banned some 300+ commentators from this site and warned hundreds more, I have only deleted two commentaires flambé in the last 14 days. Clearly, we've reached a tipping point. We've succeeded in creating a safe place for vigorous, car-related debate. As this long hot summer continues, as the U.S. car industry undergoes paroxysms of change, I commend our Best and Brightest for keeping it real, keeping it civil and keeping us– all of us– entertained. Thanks.

[As always, please report objectionable comments to robert.farago@thetruthaboutcars.com.]

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  • HarveyBirdman HarveyBirdman on Jun 27, 2008

    Thanks, RF, for all your efforts to get TTAC to this tipping point; it's the reason TTAC is the only car site which I read regularly, and the only website of any sort on which I'm willing to post comments (though I only comment occasionally). I had someone finally respond to one of my comments last week and I realized I was subconsciously worried about getting flamed. My concerns were misplaced, of course, and the follow-up comment made an excellent point. My experience is highly indicative of the quality of the commentary on this site. Best and brightest, indeed.

  • Ralph ShpoilShport Ralph ShpoilShport on Jun 27, 2008

    RF: You should be proud. But don't be. Keep it coming. And, thanks.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Jun 28, 2008

    All that other stuff I get, but "sexual morality" car related? I must have missed that one! Oh no, wait a minute, there was that one Nascar picture, and the barefoot girl filling her tank... :) Anyhow, thanks for the thrills!

  • Wave54 Wave54 on Jun 28, 2008

    Agree with the first comment about that "other" site (LLN). Absolutely unreadable and completely detracts from reasonable discussions on the topic -- cars! There's a difference between being a bit snarky and acting like junior high school boys snapping towels in the locker room.