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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 01:17 PM
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Why Didn't the Media Do a Better Job on Toyota[?]
Edited on Sun Jul-25-10 01:19 PM by PBS Poll-435
Why Didn't the Media Do a Better Job on Toyota

In their Toyota coverage reporters aren't letting facts get in the way of a good story.

Michael Fumento, 07.22.10, 12:20 PM EDT
Forbes Magazine dated August 09, 2010

The jig seems to be up on the runaway-Toyota scare. Mounting evidence indicates that those Toyotas truly accelerating suddenly can probably be explained by sliding floor mats (since fixed) and drivers hitting the gas instead of the brake. That is, the media have been chasing a will-o'-the-wisp for the better part of a year, whipping car buyers and Congress into a frenzy.

Where are Woodward and Bernstein when you need them? Shouldn't the accounts of alleged unintended acceleration deaths have been subjected to a little checking?

Remember the tale of the runaway Prius on a freeway near San Diego? In Forbes.com in March I observed that much of what the driver told reporters was absurd. He insisted he was "afraid" to try to shift into neutral because he needed both hands on the steering wheel; nobody asked about that cellphone he'd been holding while driving.

One entry concerns Joseph Mele, who court records say last August crashed into a guard rail at over 100mph while driving a Toyota Scion. His best friend was trapped and burned alive. Witnesses told authorities he'd been smoking pot and was plastered, and a police officer stated he smelled strongly of booze. He's awaiting trial, charged with, among other crimes, vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol (something the Los Angeles Times, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its Toyota coverage, failed to mention in a February story).


more at http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0809/opinions-toyota-...
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 01:36 PM
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1. Local reporting on the guy in San Diego raised questions about his story
without calling him a liar.


If you are familiar with the geography of San Diego the area where he claimed to have lost control, a long three lane uphill climb where there is no chance for a collision. This is in contrast to the unfortuante police officer who drove off a hill in a crowded area with his family in a Toyota that had previous complaints of acceleration.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 01:39 PM
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2. Police officer in California was driving a Lexus ES350 loaner car
Paid for by the factory. It was found after the accident that in an apparent effort to keep the carpet mat set clean, the dealership placed a second set of mats on top of the carpet set. Vinyl "all-weather" floormats jammed the accelerator.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 02:54 PM
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4. Most expesnive floormats in history.

The lesson in this case was there was a complaint from a previous driver but the guy at the service level didn't pass it on.

I didn't know about the second set of floor mats.
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skepticscott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 02:38 PM
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3. Because the media are scared, ignorant, unethical sheep
Anyone with any sense knew that this was the explanation all along, but it makes a much juicier story with much better ratings to pretend that something else might be true, and to scare people with it.

And obviously no one in the media took to heart (or even remembered) Ed Bradley's shameless, bogus, disgraceful story on "sudden acceleration" in Audis way back in 1986. I vowed never again to watch 60 Minutes or anything with Ed Bradley in it ever again after seeing that piece of garbage, and I never have.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 02:58 PM
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5. Wow, still carrying that water?
Using Forbes, no less. Stumble on that while checking your mutual funds?
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 08:15 AM
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8. What is wrong with owning mutual funds?
Most of us gen xer have no pensions, have no option for a pension, and likely will never get a job that offers a pension.

Thus it is:
a) Walmart greeter + diet of catfood after retirement
b) work until we physically die on the job
c) save and invest on our own.

The idea that wealth is a bad thing or makes the persons a bad person is sad and pathetic.

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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-10 03:07 PM
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6. Forbes, now there's an unbiased source. nt
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 06:38 AM
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7. Do you see anything in the article that is factually inaccurate?
Probably the best synopsis of I have seen regarding the matter.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 09:18 AM
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9. It ommitted the coverup revealed in emails from Toyota
execs, and a host of other info, like testimonials from drivers whose cars were recalled and supposedly fixed (one would conclude the floormats also were checked at this time) but still accelerated spontaneously. I wonder how much Toyota paid to try to paint a computer problem as floormats and to blame their engineering defect as driver error.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-10 09:19 AM
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10. Is there a DU rule against promoting a specific corporation with spam?
The OP is guilty. In spades. It doesn't seem to be a casual interest to me.
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