What Is Jean Jennings Wearing?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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  • GiddyHitch GiddyHitch on Nov 06, 2008

    "I don’t know if it is her fault, but around the time she became Prez/Ed in Chief of Automobile I stopped reading it." Detroit-Iron, you should give Automobile another shot. Ever since Gavin Conway (a Brit) took over, the writing has gotten edgier, the Editor's retorts have gotten snarkier, and the articles have gotten more diverse (the unwritten rules to buying a Ferrari, exploring the festival surrounding the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, working on a Lambo assembly line ... er, station, etc.). Plus, they hired Ezra Dyer full time.

  • Johnster Johnster on Nov 06, 2008
    Stu Sidoti : She came across as one of those people who had never worked in the car industry and sounded like she believed every word of every press release ever written without a single independent thought in her head…and they wonder why print media died? Jean comes from family of writers. Her late father, Robert Lienert, was a copy editor at the Detroit Free Press and later became the editor of Automotive News. Her brother is also some sort of writer/reporter who has written about the automotive industry. Family connections help. Prior to "Car and Driver" and the taxi driver gig she also worked as some sort of test driver for Chrysler. In her early years at CD she would wax eloquent about what wonderful handling cars the Omni 024/Horizon TC3 were and I knew she'd drunk the Detroit Kool-Aid.
  • NeonNoodle NeonNoodle on Nov 06, 2008
    She’s obnoxious. +1
  • Prattworks Prattworks on Jan 03, 2009

    I just read a piece she wrote on the Automobile magazine website about how GM is actually, truly, really this time - making the cars Americans want. Here's the link: http://blogs.automobilemag.com/6401595/editors-soapbox/vile-gossip-detroit-is-already-making-cars-that-people-want/index.html This seemed a bit askew, so I googled her and found she once did an 'infomercial' for GM back in 2006 that was pawned off as actual news. Here's the link. http://www.prwatch.org/fakenews2/vnr41 Methinks Jean is a bit too cozy with GM to give her readers an unvarnished opinion of the state of affairs in Detroit. I do, however, appreciate Jamie Kitman's frank, funny, and thought-provoking column in her magazine's pages.