Wild Ass Retraction of the Day: ToMoCo NOT Bailing Out GM

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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wild ass retraction of the day tomoco not bailing out gm

When I heard Sean Hannity blather on about “the death of journalism” re: the mainstream media’s coverage of the current presidential election, I paid the conservative talkmeister scant attention. Even if the press is in the tank for Obama, it’s not like the situation is analogous to living in Mother Russia during Pravda’s Stalinist heyday, when the KGB had about as much tolerance for dissent as Saddam Hussein’s thugs. Check it: Hannity’s got his airwaves. The “liberal press” have theirs. And everybody and their mother has the internet. But now that I’ve been following the GM – Chrysler merger story, I beginning to wonder if Mr. U.R. A Great American may have a point. I, for one, am not fooled for an instant by the automotive press’ unrelenting reliance on “unnamed sources” for their reporting on the creation of American Leyland. GM PR is spoon-feeding the press, no one’s admitting it and that’s that. But Jesus, did Reuters stop to think for ONE SECOND that GM might NOT have contacted Toyota for help? If we can see that a source isn’t reputable from friggin’ Rhode Island, WTH is wrong with Reuters’ Asian reporters? And what kind of bullshit is it when a supposedly reputable news agency retracts its story by repeating it? Media pros bemoan the ethics and standards of internet-based “citizen journalists.” Puh-lease.

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  • NeonCat93 NeonCat93 on Oct 30, 2008

    Don't keep your feelings bottled up, Robert. Tell us how you really feel.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Oct 30, 2008

    Since you mentioned Hannity, I have to comment on the most brilliant piece of manuevering done by GM - hiring all the conservative pundits as spokesmen. You won't be hearing Limbaugh, Hannity, or Beck crying foul about a government bailout for GM because they now work for GM. It would be nice to see one of these guys come out against government intervention in the auto industry.

  • BuckD BuckD on Oct 30, 2008

    @Landcrusher: It would be nice to see one of these guys come out against government intervention in the auto industry. Yes, just like it would be nice to see them come out against the Republican party that sold their fiscally conservative, small gub'mint, free enterprise values up the river. The GOP has done more damage to the ideology they profess to believe in than the ineffectual Democratic congress could ever hope to, and yet the hypocrites keep carrying water for them. I stand in awe at Limbaugh & Co.'s capacity for self-delusion.

  • Jfsvo Jfsvo on Oct 31, 2008

    BuckD - I think there may be some shielding of the bailout of the auto industry going on by Hannity and Limbaugh, but both of them have repeatedly criticized the GOP for lack of spending restraint. In fact, they both call themselves conservatives, but NOT Republicans for that very reason. The ones to blame for the downfall of the GOP are the members of congress who sold out conservative principles ... the RINOs.