• Feb 20, 2009
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The dire situation in which the U.S. auto industry finds itself has created a lot of national discussion, but for many the consequences are much more personal. It's one thing to see a panel of experts discuss the ramifications of bailing out an ailing auto industry on a cable news shows, but as we see in this video after the jump, it's something altogether different when you're the mayor of a town caught in the crossfire. Virg Bernero is the mayor of Lansing, MI and it's quite apparent that he's not content to let pundits shape the discussion about who needs to sacrifice more to save the auto industry. The Fox News anchor conducting the interview can't do much in the face of Bernero's indictment of what he sees as the double standard between the working man and Wall St. Sure, it's funny to watch a news man get manhandled like that, but it's also satisfying to see a mayor under siege refuse to back down. Follow the jump to see for yourself. Thanks for the tip, everyone!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Jared,

      Read it. Point One: Basically, nothing is sustainable, especially a concept (an economy) contrived by humans. Point Two; Given the chance, a member of our species will always seek personal gain (or power) at the expense of others. Welcome to humanity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an empty-suited unrealistic dolt of a mayor. Instead of looking at the issue, he would rather point his finger at something TOTALLY UNRELATED and argue that that's more important than what was being discussed. If I was the reporter, I would have told the mayor to go piss up a rope. If the mayor wants a show, let him get it himself.
      Eduardo
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just because a reporter asks a loaded question doesn't mean the Mayor is required to answer. TThe reporter wants the Mayor on TV to score points for FOX; the Mayor is entitled to any and all air time as a result to push his viewpoint. The reporter sulked - he didn't engage. Two of ten rounds to the reporter; decision heavily in favor of the Mayor.
      TONY C
      • 5 Years Ago
      YOU ARE A DUMB A_S
      Rev
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, that is a valid question. But also ask.. what other loop holes are sucking money out of legitimate taxpayers pockets.. money now needed to get China's Debt paid off... NUMBER One fact.. we need to pay off China immediately and get that monkey off your back... we don't need to be support illegal immigrants through free hosptial visits and welfare.. it all adds up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mayor is out of line. He reminisces a time in our lives were Americans were global kings and we can name a price for what we think we are worth. Wake up! China is becoming a world power and so are other nations who can make things better and cheaper. Not to mention we are in a recession/depression. We can't be living on our old spoiled laurels from way back. We are being slaughtered and we need to drastically reduce spending and the Unions don't further our survival for too long if their over the top benefits kill their own employers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "I'm a moron because I point out that it's neither fair nor balanced to have the host of a show rolling his eyes, making faces and basically doing everything but stick his tongue out?"

      You're right. That does make you a moron. A contemptibly stupid one.

      'Fair and balanced' has nothing to do with the anchor taking sides. I'm sorry you're too blinded by your hate for Fox to understand that.

      "Please. Leave the name-calling at home. It doesn't bolster your paper-thin argument."

      Paper-thin, eh? Perhaps in your own deluded world where irrelevant facts reign supreme ;)

      Whether the anchor lacks manners, finesse, etc. is irrelevant to the 'fair and balanced' aspect of having your opponents, and opposing views, on your show.

      If you're going to deride Fox for being discourteous, then do so. If you're going to hate Fox for rolling its eyes at you, then do so. But don't find fault where none can be found. It only makes you look foolish in the long run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mayor is right. But..what he doesn't say is the automakers got themselves into this mess. The solution isn't that complicated. Build vehicles that consumers want to buy. Far too often the philosophy is, if we can't make a lot of money on a product, we just won't make it. It now isn't a secret that Ford has a vehicle that will get in excess of 60 mpg. It is available in Europe but not the U.S. because, according to Ford, we can't make enough money on it. And we're trying to support this way of thinking? Does the common worker think this way or do the overpaid execs?
      Lee
      • 5 Years Ago
      Typical Fox: Help bring us to this crisis and then blame those who didn't cause it.
      Sergeant
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mayor is right. The workers are always asked to sacrifice while their wealthy bosses pocket millions of dollars in bonuses. Capitalism is designed to keep a powerful few in charge of the masses, The politicians in Washington and the Wall Street weasels scratch each other's behinds, while the working man and woman suffers. Arrest the corporate crooks and politicians who got us into this mess, and put them on trial, live on the Internet!

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ9vTJLIA8M
      bangelav
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should have had O'reilly do the interview.

      The Mayor was obnoxious, and spinning to his constituency. He didn't answer ONE question.

      Fox news for the most part is the best, hands down. That is why it keeps attaining number one status. Who can compete, MSNBC?. CNN? Come on.
      mary florkiewicz
      • 5 Years Ago
      I presume it's only funny because it was Fox. I don't defend UAW who earn $70.00
      They are unrealistic. It was interesting to watch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mary florkiewicz
        They don't earn $70 an hour.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mary florkiewicz
        @AZZO45b: They don't _earn_ $70 an hour, but they _cost_ (roughly) $70 an hour. This is real money taken out of the Big 3 and bleeding them dry.
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