Ford has pulled its controversial "Drive One: Press Conference" ad starring owner Chris*, who offered negative commentary of the government-sponsored bankruptcies of crosstown rivals Chrysler and General Motors when asked why he chose to buy a Ford. You'll recall that Ford and its CEO, Alan Mulally, was – and continues to be – publicly supportive of the auto bailouts.

While it seems a bit incongruous to both be supportive of the bailouts and to use them as a marketing point to help sell cars, you'd think Ford would be able to do as it pleases with its advertising – especially considering it didn't succumb to bankruptcy and take a government bailout (though it did accept many millions of dollars in low-interest loans and tax breaks). Still, says The Detroit News, it was pressure from inside the White House that finally got Ford to yank the bailout-critical ad.

Of course we needn't remind you that talk of re-election and political campaigning is all the rage these days... well, we guess we just reminded you anyway. In any case, something tells us that Chris, the star of the advertisement, won't be too keen on seeing his message fall by the wayside in this manner. And, judging by the results of our completely unscientific poll, the majority of our readers don't think Ford did anything wrong in the first place and therefore probably shouldn't have pulled the ad.

* We'd show you the video of the commercial again, but, as you've surely figured out by now, it's no longer hosted on YouTube...

*UPDATE: Ford has put the video back up on YouTube, though with comments disabled, saying it was removed as part of a "planned rotation." Seems odd, but what do we know? You can watch the video after the break.



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      novasarc1
      • 3 Years Ago
      intresting that the main stream media is not brining this up. who the h l does the govrnment think they are making someone take a commercial off the air, because it shines the spot light on all the dumb things they do. this is our government at work. i am suprised they havent told the media to stop talking about the money the taxpayers lost because of solera the solar panal company.
      BrunoT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Banana Republic government. Where the tinhat dictator tells you how to advertise. Do what he says, OR ELSE!
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chris will be the 2012's "Joe the plumber"
      Lady Gator
      • 3 Years Ago
      Consider the results of the bailouts for all of us the taxpayer - the GM United Auto Workers were prevented from striking but they are now getting an avg of $56/hr, super healthcare benefits which are exempt from Obamacare and retirement benefits anyone would "kill" for. Now how do this compare to the average American worker and those who have been on long term unemployment or the under employed? Are you happy you are "paying for this"?
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        Tariff The Imports
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your blatant biased has fogged your rose colored glasses. Your post failed the second you typed " Ford POS". Quite the bitter and naive thing to say.
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          @Tariff The Imports
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          AnalogJesse
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          Regardless of his/her views on Ford, the rest of what was said is true.
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        The fact a moron like you is up-voted is further proof the Autoblog comment system is just F'd.
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      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad, it was a cheap shot.
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        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        Any proof the UAW is tied to the Mafia or are you just spreading false information for some political agenda?
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          billfrombuckhead
          • 3 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          At a time when the American automobile sector was on the verge of collapse the Federal Reserve financially assisted Toyota, Mitsubishi, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagon and Honda. Wonder when the Japanese and Germans will help our auto industry.................. Oh I forgot about the unbelievable great job Daimler did "helping" Chrysler. Just google Bernie Sanders Dec 6
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obama: Is this Alan? Alan: Well, Yes Mr. president! Obama: Can you pull that Ad about the bailouts? I have re-elction coming up. Alan: Well, I guess so..... But it's the truth. Obama: No, not really. It was Bush's fault. Alan: Ok, Ok... How about you balance your budget first or at least get your balance sheet looking like mine before you call me again? Obama: click.....
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      KM :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      And who owns Fords competitors? Oh yeah... the government.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KM :)
        I think the last figure i saw was that they owned 23 or 26 percent of GM, still, to this day.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KM :)
        It's a fact. The government doesn't own Chrysler. So KM:), are you ignorant or are you lying for some reason?
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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big win for Ford. They got the WH to have a hissy fit and cry like babies over it, and now are getting more free press over it. Ford ends up looking good and the WH bailout crowd looks like a bunch of nanny state anti free press communists.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford may have been forced to pull the ad but whether the ad runs or not, a lot of people have the view expressed in the ad. GM,Chrysler and the USA would have been a lot better off, if GM and Chrysler had gone through the bankruptcy courts.
      SooooRight
      • 3 Years Ago
      This criminal administration needs to be forcefully removed from the whitehouse in some manner. It's pitchfork and torch time, they have completely overstepped their bounds and need to be shown the door and maybe even the gallows.
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