• Mar 23, 2011
Following an official apology by his former and once again present editors, Scott Burgess, auto critic for The Detroit News, has returned to the newspaper. Burgess had resigned after changes were made to a review he had written that criticized the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan, apparently in response to complaints made by parties that advertised with the paper. Naturally, we wish Burgess the best of luck with his reborn career with The Detroit News. [Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Nah, "roll" was a fat joke.

      Right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      He expects the new Chrysler offerings to be competitive, and unfortunately they just aren't.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The point is that he gave a great review to the Sebring, then turned around and lambasted the 200, which is light years better. He's a hypocrite at best.

        Baruth really called him out, and deservedly so, unlike Ray Wert, who hailed him as some kind of hero. If he was such a great critic, why wasn't he scooped up by some other paper or blog, desperate for such talent?

        And if his integrity was really impugned, why take the job back?

        Turns out Wert's 'hero' has feet of Play-Do.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Sebring was in 2007, It's been 4 years. The bar has been raised. Now Chrysler has to compete against the very good cars produced by Hyundai and others, and I don't think even you believe they are doing that very well. I wish they were. 2007 is history. None of Chrysler's cars would be on my purchase list now, and everyone agrees the gentlemen's review of the 200 is right on, soooooo.... what's your problem?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I admire him for putting the past incident behind him, but I could not do it. The future work relationship will never be the same. Similar things happen every day all over the US and people leave because they have their reasons. Trying to resurrect a fatally wounded work relationship by pretending it never happened is just not possible. That's like re-writing the history of failed GM and Chrysler. No amount of bail out money or tax breaks is going to undo that these two companies were insolvent and died.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Detroit automotive "journalist" I guess. Serves him right for criticizing a native automotive company.

      I guess your own beliefs aren't worth standing up for.
        • 3 Years Ago
        read the TTAC article linked a few comments above. We can't even tell what Burgess's beliefs *are.*
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldnt trust anything this flip flopping obese long hair has to say !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good deal, but the key thing is NOT to forget about this fiasco.

      We shouldn't forget that advertisers are constantly putting pressure on auto journalists (as well as regular reporters) to edit their content, and that's BS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can this guy even fit in the cars he tests?
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys are missing the big picture, he LOVED the 2007 Sebring...yet hated on the vastly improved 200..

      Read it here TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/scott-burgess-found-a-chrysler-he-likes-its-called-the-sebring/#more-388022
        • 3 Years Ago
        His own words.....not mine:

        “It’s vastly improved, but that’s only because it was so horrendous before.” — Scott Burgess


        He stated that he really liked it before. He is a hypocrite, and he should be apologizing to the Detroit News, and their readers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        how is the 200 vastly improved?

        you and brewswillis seem to have some friends in crapsler. (maybe your paid shills?)

        the point is he didn't like it. he liked its spritual predecessor but not it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean role? Right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Can the Det News please update his picture to one that better represents his most recent appearance?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably a good move. I can't imagine there are a lot of jobs out there for auto journalists.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Role, not roll!!!

      But good to hear that this fiasco is behind them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awww. Good for him, but I guarantee since getting bitten his reviews will forever be much more advertiser friendly. Bad news for readers. In reality no one really pays too much attention (good or bad) to new paper reviewers during the purchase process... Other than dealers and PR types that are looking for a sense of security.
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