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Fox News on Fisker, Teska DOE loans - Click above to watch the videos after the jump

Pop quiz: what country is Tesla Motors based in? England? Wrong. What about Fisker Automotive? Finland? Wrong again, but if you gave those two answers, you might be qualified to be on Fox News and criticize the Department of Energy for giving loans to these two companies, both of which are based in California. Fisker got $528.7 million and Tesla Motors was awarded $465 million.

Of course, the DOE loans are intended to be used to bring manufacturing and engineering jobs to the U.S., a bit of information that Fox just barely mentions. Fisker will conduct engineering work in Pontiac, MI and its Irvine, California headquarters for Project Nina, the company's lower-cost plug-in hybrid. Tesla will use the money to bring the Model S to market through a manufacturing facility, most likely to be built somewhere in California.

Fox news anchor Martha MacCallum also seems to enjoy harping on the "Karma" name, as if it's just a hippie car or something, She also made sure to highlight the connection between Fisker and Al Gore, but didn't mention Colin Powell's connection to the company. Watch the video after the jump and read the transcript of the exchange over on Media Matters.

UPDATE: Fisker responds.

[Source: Fox News, Media Matters via Hybrid Cars]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      They're not the only ones fixated on Al Gore's connection to Fisker. A recent headline on Wall Street Journal read:"Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan To Help Build A Hybrid Sports Car". Huffington Post repeated that headline on their page too (with a link to the WSJ article).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fox spends their time bashing Democrats and MSNBC spends their air time reporting on wrong-doing by the Republicans. If you put the contents together, it adds up to the entire Congress being full of crooks and con men, run by lobbyists with company special interest money...and you know what? they are not far from being right. But, I don't care; if I want to know what's really going on in Congress, I tune in BBC America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Both Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are owned by Rupert Murdoch. Their editorial concurrence is not surprising.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lad: Both news channels should be forced to put a banner at the top of their broadcast stating the lack of real facts in their news. What disgusts me more is the people on both sides of the fence that actually believe this sewage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ghen

        I'm sorry but MSNBC consistently is NOT akin FAUX News.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Citizens Against Government Waste spokesman on the segment did point out that the program began under Bush.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently Autoblog Green missed the extremely similar story on NBC's The Today Show earlier this week. Whether you think Fox is "extreme right wing" or that NBC is "extreme left wing puppets for Obama" it doesn't change the fact that multiple news outlets -- multiple types of news outlets -- are missing a lot of the facts here and sensationalizing them. NBC made it sound like Tesla and Fisker received grants/bailouts to build unaffordable cars, not the loans they both received to build their future, less expensive cars.

      News is still a business. They care about ratings first. Telling the truth is barely on the radar.
        • 2 Months Ago
        News today is about more than sensationalism. We' not talking about stories on Britney Spears, these companies are taking truths and distorting them, deliberately, to produce content that arguably disinformation. Their is obvious political and corporate bias here. The oil companies pay those news stations millions to run their "IM A GREENIE TOO, SEE!!" commercials. This is another case where capitalism fails Democracy and corporate profiteering is leading to the dumbing down of the public to the point they can't tell if a simple lie is a lie or a shocking revelation worthy of flying to washington DC to throw teabags on the White House lawn.

        Fauxnews should be shut down by the FCC. They shouldn't be able to lie about their news content anymore than pharma companies are able to lie about whats in their drugs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blah, blah, blah. Bull. This is US taxpayer money allocated to stimulate the US economy during this recession, to create jobs now. These loans largely will not. And Fisker is small player among many who applied for the loans - the Al Gore association and this amount of money stinks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fox doesn't always get the story true neither do ANY of the other news agencies. But just like Carney said, Tesla makes their cars in England and Fisker is planning on making them in Finland. So ABG, how about you take it down a notch?
        • 2 Months Ago
        I bet you thought the Obama/kenyan birth certificate story was "duh troof" too.
        • 2 Months Ago
        It appears to me that Fox reported the facts, that the liberals are crying foul because the truth got broadcast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm personally against giving handout loans to car companies who think that manufacturing on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto is a great idea. If you're taking government money, you should be economizing, not locating heavy industry on the highest-priced commercial land around.
        • 2 Months Ago
        I know where it's going to be. Didn't you see "Page Mill Road" in my post?

        And it's not just their HQ, it's a "powertrain plant" or "powertrain manufacturing facility" (choose which wording you like).

        http://green.autoblog.com/2009/08/18/tesla-moving-hq-building-powertrain-plant-in-palo-alto/

        Don't be confused by google maps. The only reason that land is sparse is because Stanford owns it all and they don't have an incentive to pack it tightly. It wasn't cheap land when H-P was there, it wasn't cheap when NeXT was there, it isn't cheap now.
        • 2 Months Ago
        BMW has a tech center in Mountain View, which is cheaper than Palo Alto. And this is a cube farm place where computer engineering (iDrive) is done, not a factory floor where assembly is done.

        How can you say that locating a factory in Palo Alto is marketing? Part of the general idea of marketing is that people find out about it. What percentage of the country do you think knows where Tesla is going to locate their factory? If you aren't trumpeting it in ads, it sure isn't marketing.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Dude, it's not a factory. It's their headquarters building. It's like 90% office stuff. They are going to do some drivetrain assembly there (putting the battery packs together w/ the motors and whatnot) but this is not 'factory.' They currently do it mostly in the Menlo Park store in a very small space.

        Palo Alto certainly has extremely expensive areas. It also has less expensive areas. For instance, here's where Tesla's new HQ will be: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=page+mill+road+palo+alto&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Page+Mill+Rd,+Palo+Alto,+California&ll=37.395767,-122.162433&spn=0.024548,0.038409&t=h&z=15

        Not exactly the most prime real estate as you suggest. It's "Palo Alto," which is great for marketing because it drives home the fact that Tesla is a Silicon Valley company. It's their headquarters so EVERY piece of publicity, news, advertisement, etc will say that Tesla Motors is a Palo Alto, CA-based company. It is effective marketing just like Richard says, and people WILL know about it despite what you say.
        • 2 Months Ago
        You can have HQ and R&D in Palo Alto to get those big brains (uh, yeah) and manufacture in cheaper areas like Fremont, just like NeXT did.

        Apple doesn't make computers in Silicon Valley anymore.
        H-P doesn't make computers in Silicon Valley anymore.
        IBM doesn't make hard drives in Silicon Valley anymore.
        Intel doesn't make processors in Silicon Valley anymore.
        AMD doesn't make processors in Silicon Valley anymore (not sure they ever did, but I think they did).
        Alza doesn't manufacture drugs in Palo Alto anymore (they even moved their HQ off Page Mill Road to Mountain View, actually).

        Silicon Valley land is too expensive to locate manufacturing on cost-effectively. Palo Alto doubly so.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Oh yeah, and even when NeXT was there, they didn't build their manufacturing facility there. They built it in Fremont, where land is cheaper, same location as NUMMI.

        Apparently even Steve Jobs didn't see a need to do manufacturing in Palo Alto, but Elon Musk does.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Yeah their location has nothing to do with the concentration of tech companies and brain power (you know, the people behind the innovations for high-tech companies). They just want to piss on some expensive dirt during coffee breaks.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Tesla's heavy industry will not be based there. Palo Alto is their headquarters building. The likely ~1 million sqft manufacturing facility that will be building their Model S and possibly future models is going to be somewhere else in California, probably the greater Long Beach area but they haven't announced anything official.

        While the Roadster is mostly assembled in England, there is quite a bit of final assembly and finishing work that happens here in CA (including the entire battery & drivetrain being installed). The Model S, however, will be 100% built in the USA. And, don't forget, it's the Model S that Tesla got the loan to help build.

        Tesla has over 700 Roadsters on the road and has already been profitable from Roadster sales. It is way beyond a company receiving large amounts of money for a "concept" that may not come to fruition. They already have a proven product.
        • 2 Months Ago
        I suspect you have no idea of how to run a business. Marketing is a major part of selling anything, and status is part of the marketing. BMW would be based out of the same location.
        These are loans for new products that fit into the "idea" of what the government wants to support. This is alternative fueled vehicles. Even though most people can't afford these cars, many can. Why should they not be allowed to buy them? Envious crowd here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fox "News" is the video equivalent of the National Enquirer "News"paper.

      Take everything they say with a huge grain of salt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to the 8th paragraph of this "Blog" on Tesla Motor's website the Tesla isn't "assembled" in England. Only the body of the car is made there. The batteries are from Japan and they ship them to California for installation.

      The ESS (the battery) and powertrain are installed in California, the body is just a "glider" that ships from Lotus' factory to the U.S..

      http://www.teslamotors.com/blog5/?p=60
      m3laszlo
      • 5 Years Ago
      SEBASTIAN BLANCO NEEDS TO BE FIRED! AUTOBLOG GREEN just sunk to Leno and Letterman level of comedy. How many times do i have to tell you to check your work first before you publish it!

      ACTUALLY; FOX NEWS WAS CORRECT: THE FISKER KARMA IS MADE IN UUSIKAUPUNKI, FINLAND. The report never claims that Fisker is "headquartered in" Finland. The report claims the FISKER KARMA , correctly shown in the video, is made in Finland by non-American workers.

      FOX pointed this out because out of all the hopeful companies out there; Federal Grant money went to Fisker which is backed by Al Gore (Kalee Kreider, a spokeswoman for Gore, confirmed that he backs Fisker) here is the link where i found it: http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com/2009/09/fisker-automotive-backed-by-former-vice.html

      There is no FISKER factory in USA. There is no $40,000 US market sedan EVEN DESIGNED YET!

      Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes (to name a few) are not American companies either, but have created thousands of American jobs in American factories. The FOX clip shows them pointing out that the stipulation for receiving this stimulus money , our taxpayer money federally granted, is to create jobs for Americans.

      here is the wiki link about FISKER: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisker_Karma

      This Sebastian Blanco needs to be fired immediately. I don't car if he's the editor-in-chief, he is not the king and he is bringing down Autoblog Green. I'm about to leave for worldcarfans.com or something.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @m3laszlo
        So take your 10 comment dedication to ABG and go... nobody cares that you disagree with the blogger.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @m3laszlo
        "What's especially sad is foreign commenters celebrating the relative lack of diversity in their own countries' news outlets. Almost everywhere outside the US, TV news is totally dominated by the state-owned, state-run channel, which surprise tends to favor an ever-greater state role in the economy etc and has a pervasive influence on their countries' culture and politics with little or no accountability."

        This is what Americans actually believe. Hilarious.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @m3laszlo
        What else do you expect?

        Autolib (er uh Autoblog) Green is feeding their greenie weenie, socialist leaning, hate mongering reader base to full capacity today.

        What's for desert? Perhaps some Limbaugh or Beck bashing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fox is the channel for people who do not really want to hear the news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      >Fox News criticizes - and misleads viewers

      Wow, what a surprise!
      • 5 Years Ago
      FCC should revoke FOX News license!
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