Ask the Best & Brightest: How Much Hell Do You Want Unleashed, Anyway?

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

It’s been a bit of a meta-critical and navel-gazing week or so here at TTAC. We’ve been reviewed and discussed by other media sources, we’ve reviewed and discussed a few media sources ourselves, and we’ve even had a delightful piece by Brendan McAleer which sort of reviews our own reviews of someone else’s review of us.

It’s safe to say that we will probably be taking a break from this sort of thing for a while so that we can bring you some more of the authentic TTAC content you’ve come to know and love. Clinical, yet strangely erotic, descriptions of trunk space. Callous disregard for human decency in the last of the Ford full-sizers. Chinese business news. That sort of thing.

Fortunately or unfortunately, however, we will continue to encounter “content” from our colleagues in the business which is mendaciously conceived, shamelessly produced, and incompetently edited. Which leads me to my question:

There are few things I personally enjoy more than absolutely flame-broiling some buffalo-esque, brown-baggy-pants-wearing, buffet-browsing media-beast. I was born for it, and I don’t care if everybody I meet at every press launch from now until the end of time hates my guts as a result. There’s a long list of potential candidates for horse-whipping in my old-fashioned Franklin Planner and I’m willing to metaphorically re-enact various torture scenes from “Hostel” with each one of them. Payoffs will be exposed. Press-release-rewriting will be discussed in devastating detail. Shuffle-steerers will be flogged.

At your signal, I will unleash hell…

…which means I need to hear that signal from you. Do you want a meta-critical piece once a week? Once a month? Never ever again? Do you want me to find out who’s taking free cars behind the scenes? Do you want to know about the guy who claims to be driving at the limit in his articles but in reality saves his most devastating work for the breakfast bar?

Perhaps you’d like to see some stunts. I could buy an old Ford Tempo automatic, mount a GoPro on the bumper, and insert myself into the next supercar press event driving loop to cause chaos. I could pretend to be a writer for an in-flight magazine and see how many outrageous bribes I can have shipped to a Vegas hotel room. I could smoke out a monster Town Car donut in the middle of the street, right in front of a major manufacturer’s dinner event, while journalists literally cower in fear behind the party shuttles. Wait. I already did that. Okay. I’ll think of some other stuff.

You, the reader, are in charge. If you want me to leave Dutch Mandel alone, we’ll do it. If you want everything he writes from today until eternity subjected to the most blistering criticism possible, we can do that, too.

Just give the word. Or, failing that, give your opinion!

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  • Ethan Gaines Ethan Gaines on Sep 08, 2011

    I'm late to the party, but Jack, please release all fury you possibly can on the automotive press. Seriously. Oh, and another Town Car burnout would be greatly appreciated.

  • Johnny Canada Johnny Canada on Sep 08, 2011

    The fact that you’re asking the Best and Brightest to justify your content to Edward makes me think that you’ve outgrown TTAC.

  • JK I grew up with Dodge trucks in the US, and now live in Turin, Italy, the home of Fiat. I don't think Italians view this as an Italian company either. There are constant news articles and protests about how stalantis is moving operations out of Italy. Jeep is strangely popular here though. I think last time I looked at stelantis's numbers, Jeep was the only thing saving them from big big problems.
  • Bd2 Oh yeah, funny how Trumpers (much less the Orange Con, himself) are perfectly willing to throw away the Constitution...
  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.
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