• May 16, 2010
Hypocrisy is again the order of the day as Congress continues to look into the actions of Toyota following a report earlier this year claiming that a fault had been found that could trigger unintended acceleration. Using polling data to help craft a message to manipulate public opinion is standard political procedure, so it should come as no surprise to anyone in on Capitol Hill that Toyota would consider doing the same thing.

When Southern Illinois University professor David Gilbert purported to demonstrate how unintended acceleration could happen in Toyotas, he and Sean Kane went before Congress to testify about their findings. Toyota investigated Gilbert's test procedure and then later proceeded to debunk it. However, it also hired pollster Joel Benenson to gather data that could potentially be used to discredit Kane and Gilbert, possibly via an ad campaign.

No such campaign has been initiated to date, but it certainly seems disingenuous on the part of anyone in Congress to criticize Toyota for doing what it can to defend its reputation. If Gilbert and Kane had motives that went beyond simply finding the truth behind what was happening with these vehicles, then Toyota surely had a right to expose them. Likewise, if Toyota is hiding information, Gilbert, Congress, or anyone else has the same right to seek and reveal the truth.

[Source: The Washington Post]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Congressional hearings are a complete circus, why does anybody think that those debates are remotely credible?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If someone is shovelling sh!t over your fence, why can't you shovel it back?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So...WTF does this even mean?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Let's not and say we could have."
      • 4 Years Ago
      It means sometimes you can stop the egg sucking bastards with merely an implied threat. Everyone lives in a glass house in some way. Toyota can be formidable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me its just looks like a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just when you thought it was over..

      TOYOTAL RECALL..... 2
      • 4 Years Ago
      This article explains perfectly why I hate major corporations and governments. Almost everyone seems to have their heads up their rear ends.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a circus this is turning out to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and how is this news?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess it is considered to be better news than Obama pushing healthcare reform down our throats while being a smoker. Let the fat lady sing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha! I love how you were able to take what he said and twist it to be about Obama while still sounding on topic.

        Oh wait, you didn't manage to sound on topic at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I might be the only one, but I am still loyal to Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      You act as if our auto companies have never done sneaky, deceptive business practices before.

      ...Oh wait, EVERYONE does it. Not just Asian and American companies.

      BTW, nobody in the U.S. is falling for that "buy American" shtick anymore. It might have worked in the past where every single base of operation was done in the U.S., and globalism was like witchcraft to most Americans back then. That B.S. won't work anymore today.

      And I'll buy whatever car I damn well please to purchase. We have something called "choices" today.
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