Ed Driscoll

State-Run Media Defends State-Run Car-Builder, Part Deux


On Monday, we linked to an item at the Truth About Cars Website on the legacy media finally coming to the conclusion that the new Chevrolet Malibu ECO is, as CNN-Money puts it,  “The most disliked car of the year (so far).”

As we mentioned in our post, CNN-Money is as deeply in the tank for the CEO of Government Motors as the rest of the Time-Warner-CNN-HBO conglomerate, as they’ve made obvious with several hamfistedly biased headlines in recent years. So the car has to be truly bad to receive a headline like that from them. At the time, Ace of Spades wrote:

The Truth About Cars previously featured an ahead-of-the-curve review — “The Malibu sucks” — and now, only after initial reviewer spinning, is the truth breaking out that the Malibu sucks.

How bad is media bias? Well, political considerations even distort car reviews.

We know they distort movie reviews, but at least movies are communicative, and as such related, in a way, to political campaigning (as Leni Reifenstahl could tell you).

But even product reviews — car reviews — are infected with Obama boosterism.

When I was a kid, I thought the tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes was funny, but stupid. That would never happen, I thought. That’s what made it funny. It was so dumb. People were acting in such unbelievable ways.

But it’s actually spot-on, isn’t it?

But if old media is ready to sacrifice the Chevy Malibu ECO, when will they turn their attention to an even worse product from Government Motors? In item at Newsbusters headlined, “Media Fail: Chevy Volt Makes NO Money, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Car,” Seton Motley advises readers not to conserve oxygen while waiting:

The Chevy Cruze is basically a Volt without the dead-weight, flammable 400-lb. electric battery.  Which makes it $17,000, rather than the Volt’s $41,000.

Chevy in June sold 18,983 Cruzes – more than ten times the number of Volts.  And that’s down 1/3 from last June’s 24,648.

But that feeble Volt tally has the Press all revved up.

And speaking of the Volt’s ridiculous $41,000 sticker price:

According to multiple GM executives there is little or no profit being made on each Volt built at a present cost of around $40,000. Furthermore, the $700 million of development that went into the car has to be recouped.

Get that?  GM makes “little or no profit” on the Volt.

So it makes perfect sense that GM would spend millions of dollars advertising it, does it not?  No ideological or campaign intent there, eh President Obama?

Look, I get it, it’s fun.  I just spent $1 million – of your money – advertising free air.  On which my profit margin is just as good as GM’s is on the Volt.

Read the whole thing, he’s just getting started. But note this conclusion, to a post written on Tuesday:

Keep all of this outrageousness in mind when next the Jurassic Press joins with the Obama Administration in celebrating the Chevy Volt.

But it (allegedly) helps President Obama get reelected.  And nothing would make the Press happier – and for that there’s (almost?) nothing they won’t do.

Just ask Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos.