CarBuzz Forgets to Mention Why Tanner Foust Would Praise Volkswagen

carbuzz forgets to mention why tanner foust would praise volkswagen

If Tanner Foust was given the keys to a Volkswagen GTI or Golf R, and told to track it at Willow Springs, all while being filmed by Volkswagen, what do you think the VW-sponsored professional driver would say about it?

Yeah, exactly. Seems CarBuzz either didn’t know or flat-out forgot to mention that Foust is sponsored by VW when it wrote a quick piece on how Foust was touting the virtues of the two cars. A piece that appears to be based on a Volkswagen media release.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I have friendly professional relationships with at least two CarBuzz employees, though I don’t know the author of this piece, and we’ve sometimes cited them as a news source — we’ve not yet had any reason to suspect they aren’t credible.

And in the interest of fairness, it really is possible the author either didn’t know about Foust’s connections to VW, or did and just honestly forget to make mention. It would be unfair of us to accuse CarBuzz of intentionally publishing a piece that reads like advertorial content as news without any evidence.

That said, we can call them out for failing to make mention of Foust’s Volkswagen ties, with the hopes of a correction if it was an honest mistake.

Even the site’s own commenters called them out for the oversight.

We’re not calling CarBuzz out for publishing the piece — we might, on a slow news day (and thus far, today appears to be a very slow news day), pluck that story and reblog it. But we’d mention Foust’s connection to VW and remind you, the reader, that Foust is unlikely to say anything bad, at least publicly, about those cars.

And if we goofed and forgot, we’d correct as soon as possible.

I don’t have any evidence to suggest CarBuzz is in any way biased towards VW. But even assuming they aren’t, a mistake like this can cause that perception. Which is a reminder to journalists to be careful to get facts right and provide necessary context, and a reminder to readers to use critical thinking when consuming content.

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  • El scotto El scotto on Aug 01, 2021

    I always love the irony that the anti-vaxxers blithely ignore the fact that they had to have required vaccines to attend school. I won't comment on how much of their schooling was effective. As we grew older we had to get booster shots for our 1st rounds of vaccines. If you're a veteran you got vaccines for all sorts of weird stuff. Or as Jeremy Clarkson would say "diseases only heard of in a 1930's black and white movie." My union used to make tetanus shots mandatory. Cause and affect, I used to work around metal all day. I do feel sorry for then poster whose wife (I think) had extended symptoms. I was at the grocery store today. The parking lot wasn't 70% handicapped parking because we've all received polio vaccinations. Conversely, I saw people below senior citizen-aged people wearing masks. It just gets down to numbers; there is a direct correlation between the non-vaccinated and rising hospital rates. Masks form a physical barrier against airborne pathogens. The filthy non-vaccinated people need to understand that their rights end and mine begin at the end of my nose. I just want a t-shirt that says: BOOOGA! VACCINATED! BOOGA!

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 02, 2021

      First it was announced 12,313 had died as a direct result of the covid treatments. Then the figured reduced to *only* 6,207, because oops our bad. Less than 50 died as a result of the failed Swine Flu vaccine in 1976: "Federal officials urged widespread vaccinations after swine flu broke out among soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, killing one of the 14 diagnosed with the illness. But the program was suspended after at least 25 people died from vaccine reactions. Other estimates put the death toll at 32 people, while about 500 others later suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome, which damages nerves and can lead to paralysis. The results cost Dr. David Sencer his job as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was fired in 1977, after 11 years on the job. Now 84 and retired, he said this week that health officials "acted on the best knowledge that we had and believed that we were doing the right thing." Are your "rights" worth 32 lives? 6,207? 12,313? 100,000? How about the tens to hundreds of thousands who have experienced medium to severe health problems such as blood clots and other heart issues? Was Stalin's murderous lieutenant Lazar Kaganovich right, why worry about a few broken eggs when making an omlette?

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 02, 2021

    Here's the next thing I am planning to become outraged about:

  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
  • Inside Looking Out Why not buy Bronco and call it Defender? Who will notice?