• Feb 20th 2009 at 3:29PM
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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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      • 6 Years Ago
      did you ever wonder how a major toy chain could still exist after tossing millions of toys to the landfills because of lead paint or dangerous defects or how our factories are held to a higher standard while foriegn competitors meet these same standards on paper only. how can Americas products compete with products that are unregulated and produced for pennies while we are held to higher standards and costs that are measured in dollars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      this mayor is a union shill and can't even answer a simple question - is obviously campaigning for office. what a dope!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fox news is not relevant anymore (should never have been), or considered real news by most intellectuals or people that read, etc. Many conservatives laugh at the "reporters" and commentators. Sean Hannity is a sensationalist, and not very smart...almost like a Bigfoot researcher. :) He cracks me up.
      The panels they have are so obviously bias, and ill informed. The women they hire have to have large breasts and wear too much makeup and not know how to pronounce the names of countires or international leaders, and God forbid have real opionions. This mayor is afraid, angry and defiant. I don't particularly agree with his positions, however I love seeing anyone give it to the neo-con, silly Fox "news" personalities. I read a post below ...TMZ for conservatives. That cracked me up!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Natalie Balentine,

        You're a cool aide drinking lib with no clue. MSNBS is real news?...their primetime line up is Chris Matthews (talk about a big foot caricature!), Rachel Maddow (left wing activist), and a former sports anchor who makes Karl Marx look like a neo con. The NY Slimes errr Times is losing readers faster than Joan Rivers loses husbands because moderate people realized they are being fed straight from the mouth of Howard Dean. Fox News may lean right just a little, but one network alone against CNN (Conservative News Never) MSNBS, CBS, ABC, NY Slimes as well as every major fish rag in the country...seems to make Fox News the underdogs...isn't that what you libs root for...the under dog? Or are your true colors really to hate on any one or thing without your smae ideology? That is exactly what Howard Dean turned you libs into. A bunch of haters. Its sad because we can't even have a honest debate in this country anymore...we can only defelct the truth and blame Fox News for everything wrong int heis country. LOL! You lefties are really a joke to have so much hatred directed at one network. Funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not for the big 3 for their mismanagement over the years, but the Mayor does make some great points.

      Awesome job of sticking up for the little guy.
      Wall street is definitely run by some (and I mean some) unscrupulous snobs, but that industry still needed the bailout since many of those institutions became too big to fail (shouldn't have been allowed, but it happened). If they had failed, the Mayor and you and me would have seen financial catastrophe and never be able to afford houses or cars again unless it was straight cash.
      • 6 Years Ago
      K. Ryan Hasse,

      Free Trade (Friedman Economics) will never work. Check out what happened to Chile's economy in the '60s and '70s..... Fair Trade Capitalism with the proper regulation is wonderful but if you think companies will ever self regulate themselves properly, I've got a bridge to sell you... and that's how we're in this mess in the first place... things have been deregulated over the past 10 or so years and you can see the results coming to the surface now... Laissez faire economics will never work because it lets the rich get richer at the expense of the middle-class and the less fortunate. I will never trust for-profit companies to ever do the right thing because they will only do what will help increase their bottom line... just look at for-profit health insurance companies and how they deny claims for needed services.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems like all of you got suckered by the corporate news media (FOX,CNN,MSNBC, etc.).

      I'll bet the majority of you are either Democrats (liberals) or Republicans (conservatives) - the two parties who have been running the show for centuries - a lot of good it did this country these days...

      It's the case of the blind leading the easily led...

      The first place everyone needs to look at is in the MIRROR. These clowns aren't being voted back into office again and again by themselves... "It takes two (or millions) to tango"....

      It appears that common sense DIED long ago...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone doesn't like Fox here by saying "mayor under siege..." After watching this video he is asked a question and that's it. Under Siege LOL
      Mayor is an idiot ... He doesn't want to answer a simple question and finally when confronted that he is wrong about the health care for life he goes on about free trade.

      UAW take 80% of the blame for killing the car manufacturing in this country.
      The rest goes to the company for making crappy cars for many many years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only person with job security in America is the guy who works for the printing press that prints money. He will have to work for the rest his life just to catch up with how fast the US Government is spending it.

      It's both parties, not just Bush or Obama, they both are spending it faster than it can be printed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gold hit a 1000 $ today!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mayor is exactly right. The real pronblem in this country are the public and government workers mainly the
      Teachers and the Teachers Unions. ( What a Scam this entire education system is. It is bankrupting us all. Their salaries work out well above the $70 an hour. And they only work 10 months a year approximately 5 hours a day. And the salaries are growing expodentially every single year. The pensions get bigger the hours worked are less the health benefits are better and they are still asking for increases. Talk about an unsubstainable system that is it. The problem does not lie with tHe UAW worker. they have been negotiating give backs for the past ten years. Ther are a lot more socially responsible than the scam artists that are running our governments and school systems. I am not a member of either group but I am a hard working taxpaer and enough is enough!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fox News is...faux news!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That mayor is a socialist dimwit. Great way to look strong on "jobs" for his government/union leech campaign backers. Add this guy to the list of pols, hacks, union thugs, etc. who are responsible for situations like this: A Result of Government Interference in the Economy.

      This all besides the fact the mayor is attacking the messenger. Why couldn't he get his point across in the context of the questions he was asked? Why did he have to go into his stump speech? I doubt he'll be invited back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Virg sounds disgruntled and he should be, because to a certain degree he has a point. But two wrongs don't make a right! If it costs approximately 40% less to produce a like model foreign car produced here in the US, it stands to reason that competive balance is be artificially maintained by government intervention and its affecting everyone. Businesses go out of business everyday - that's the way it works. Believe me, the talented and worthy employee's of the big three will find work, the others will too eventually, not necessarily in the automotive business. The suppliers, dealers and others associated with the big three will be absorbed to a fair degree by those who are still in business, someone has to make up the slack left behind. In the end its like pruning a tree and its is very necessary for survival. In the end we will be much better off if the government steps out of the bailout. Backruptcy is the only possible answer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No Rocket. Your arguments sound like big business from the 1930's... Workers organize? Crush 'em!!!

        The USA is not the only country with unions... check Germany or other parts of the European Union. I've also stated that union membership has been on the DECLINE for decades. The Big 3 had (& I really mean HAD) a bigger percentage of NON UNION labor on their pay rolls than union. Add non-union retirees also.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Rokteer: Delphi went into bankruptcy protection & their UAW contracts are still intact. GM would not necessarily "escape" their union responsibilities via Chapter 11.

        Its not just me talkin' on the net... its bringing up a corporation with union employees as my example.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @AZZO45b: You tell us (thank you) that the UAW contracts are still intact after Delphi's Chapter 11, and yet you still don't think unions are a big problem for American businesses? If you open up your own business, would you honestly want to hire union labor?
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