We get the feeling that a memo was sent out to right-wing pundits recently to attack the Chevrolet Volt. After Rush Limbaugh's rant a few weeks ago against the plug-in hybrid, we found similar editorials in the Chicago Tribune and the Tuscon Citizen. We don't have time to point out every misguided critique of the Volt, but we were a bit surprised by the results of research done by the left-leaning Media Matters: the Volt is causing Fox News to change its definition of who's rich in America.
See, the conservative attacks on the Volt and the federal subsidies it qualifies for are based on the idea that it's too expensive. The Tuscon Citizen calls it "just the latest expensive toy" while Jonah Goldberg says it's a "plaything for the rich." Fox News' Stuart Varney played along, saying:
Ignoring the part about how "Doctor Zero" told Fox a Volt really costs $81,000 (the methodology used is weird. In any case, we've heard cost could be as high as $100,000, but General Motors insisted it's nowhere near that high), what's interesting here is that at other times, Varney was adamant that anyone making $250,000 a year is not rich. Oh, how hard it is to keep up with the talking points these days. Better luck next time, Varney.This car, even at $41,000 a pop, is heavily subsidized. So if it is young, urban, very rich people who buy it [...] This is wealth redistribution in reverse. This is average taxpayers subsidizing the purchases of very rich people, $200,000 income per household.
[Source: Media Matters, Tuscon Citizen, Chicago Tribune]