The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating the motives behind the recent decision by Ford to pull an ad from its YouTube account that's critical of the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, only later to restore it. Representative Darrell Issa, R-California, has asked Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, for a "full and complete explanation" of his company's reasoning for temporarily pulling the ad. Earlier this week, Ford reportedly said that the ad was removed from the company's YouTube page as part of a planned rotation, and that it would continue to run online (there's no word on whether Ford will resume airing the ad on television, however).

In addition, Ford says that it continues to support the automotive bailout on the grounds that the automotive industry is a tight-knit network of companies, unions and workers. According to The Detroit News, Issa is specifically concerned that Ford received undue pressure from the White House to pull the ad. That's an allegation that Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, staunchly denies. Nevertheless, Issa has asked Ford to turn over any documents that pertain to the discussion of the ad. If you still haven't seen the ad for yourself, we've embedded it after the jump.


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      loupalfy
      • 3 Years Ago
      American's will complain about our government bailing out Chevy and Chrysler, but where were you when the Japanese government bailed out THEIR car company about 12 years ago? Remember the piece of crap Datsun? Now they are called Nissan. I am a maintenance worker from a closed automotive parts plant in Ohio. Thankyou very much for not buying American.
      Harold
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to go Ford! Toyota? What is that?
      switzarch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Safer to buy your car insurance from "LL" then to really depend on anything Congress 'finds out'.
      SoquiliAsgaya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Friviolist goppiggylett gwbushsheit arnold swartsinneerer supporter? This being is a typlical stooged eric canter, scott walker and grizzley moma palin, bristol palin toilet paper partiers neo con/ultracon bigots. Apperrance and first impressions shows his dressings and he is wearing a blue shirt as in a BLUE COLLAR WORKER.
      chickinlil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why should Ford, or any other company, have to justify why they chose to run or pull an ad? I think the possibility of government influencing the way a company advertises is the real outrage of this story. Anyone bitching about the Dem's or GOP's stance on bailouts is missing the bigger picture here. And, as an aside, anyone who chooses to reply to me, you have no clue as to my stance on govt bailouts, or my political affiliation.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm concerned that Ford has been intimidated by union thugs into withdrawing the ads. Ever since Obama handed GM over to the UAW to repay them for their loyalty(with our tax dollars)Ford has been in the uneasy position of having the enemy work in their factories. Not a good dynamic in a free(for now)country. VOTE OBAMA OUT IN 2012.
        rlog100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Unions are a negative force, but people have become overly fixated about unions being at the root of all evil.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't go as far as to compare him with Lil' Kim - it's the media's love for Obama that has kept them from scrutinizing his administration. But now that his approval ratings are in the tank, and he's called Americans "soft" (anybody else remember Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech? I sure as hell do), the feeding frenzy might just begin.
        GianniG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also, let's see why the Justice Department had the feds raid one of the most successful guitar manufacturers with armed agents as if Gibson has been a front for anunderground drug cartel, black arms dealer, or an organized crime family.
          Sportbike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GianniG
          Yes GianniG, It's rather odd to read the strong-arm tactics the Government is using againt Gibson Guitars. It makes ZERO sense. The government solution is to move the assembly from Tennessee to India? WTF!
          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GianniG
          Gibson broke the law. They had been warned about several times already. Buying black market wood, is no different than "blood diamonds", as far as the chaos wrought upon the places where it is sourced. Enforcing the law is not a strong arm tactic.
      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's clear the Detroit Mafia(UAW) is here to defend the actions of their Boss Obama.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        Slandering people you don't know and just making things up. You must watch Fuax News, the only media outlet to sue to protect their right to lie.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        It's clear that GOTPers are here to defend their bosses (Rich People)
        Cooperaaaron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        The unions are weak. Their numbers are DOWN. They have very little influence nowadays...
        tump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        Your lot is a paranoid bunch. Teabagger morons.
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too funny. The Republicans rail against excess government, yet demand private enterprise explain itself for pulling an ad that carries a Tea Party rant.
        lasertekk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Ding ding ding. We have a winner. The party of 'less government interference' is angry an issue not pushing their ideology was pulled, by a private company. Hypocrites.
        John
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Really? It has to be all one way or the other? Limited government has nothing to do with investigating abuse of power. It's called checks and balances and vital to our government. If it was true that this administration stepped in and told Ford to pull the ad, I would not be comfortable with that.
          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John
          What kind of political pressure would the White House even exert on Ford? They were the American company that didn't accept a bailout. To exert pressure you have to have leverage. The White House cannot even get common sense proposals passed, such as paying our already accrued expenses, so how would they "exert pressure" on Ford?
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Ok, let's use an example more in your court. Let's say a solar energy company a large loan from the Department of Energy, and then went bankrupt anyways, because they had an inferior product. Let's say you hired someone to put solar panels on your roof, and you were so happy with the product that you agreed to appear in a TV commercial. In this commercial, you said something like "I'm so glad with my panels from Solar-R-Us. They made this panels here in the US, and never needed government support like that other company who went bankrupt." The commercial is played on TV, until one day it's pulled without notice, because someone from the Department of Energy called the company and asked them to stop using it, because it makes them look bad. How would you feel about that situation?
      Luke
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the WH pushed Ford to pull this, then it's exactly why they should be looking in to it: Big government interfering with what a private business is doing. Obviously the WH isn't creating jobs...so what ARE they up to? I don't think they should be spending any major amounts of time looking in to it, but if there's reasonable suspicion, then I'm all for it. Good commercial at a good time, too. People tend to have short memories these days....
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Luke
        While white house is protecting jobs, GOTPers are wasting taxpayer's money on investigating ads. Their only agenda is to undermine the president. Shame on them!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
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      rbergstrom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Issa knows as well as everybody else that the ad was pulled because of White House Pressure. The White House did not like Ford complaining about the government bailing out GM and Chrysler which still owe the government billions of dollars, even though the White House claims (incorrectly) that the government made money on the deal - - - The "Deal" was a payoff back to the United Auto Workers union that backed Obama so heavily in the 2008 elections - - -
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbergstrom
        I'm sure you're write, but I'm also sure they won't find anything in documents. This sort of pressure would come from a 2nd-tier white house aid, on the phone, with no paper trail.
          nardvark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nardvark
          write=right. Fridays are hard.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbergstrom
        Issa knows as well as everybody else knows that the ad was pulled because of negative public reaction. Issa is doing this shameful stunt just to serve his overlords - he is Koch Brother's bitch
        lasertekk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbergstrom
        Nice conspiracy theory there Mulder.
        delsolo1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbergstrom
        Who is your source? Don't worry I am not expecting an answer anyway.
      Cooperaaaron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares ? Why would the government be involved in what decisions a private business makes ? People don't want MORE government in their lives, and that includes private businesses, what is wrong with this guy ? The White House does not have the time to tell a private business what to do; they should be trying to find JOBS for all of us ! Seems like this Issa guy should be doing the work of the people instead of wasting time with this !
        Sportbike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cooperaaaron
        Did you bitch about Obama demanding and telling a private business what commercials they could run? Did you bitch with the Government told Boeing they could not build a factory in the "right to work" South?
          Sportbike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sportbike
          Boeing is a private company. If they want to close every factory in the USA and move production to China, that's their right. The union slob mopping floors don't need to be making the decisions on where and how Boeing builds planes.
          Cooperaaaron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sportbike
          No need to. Who listens to the President anyway ? Boeing ( a local company here in the area ) has to abide by the conditions in the contract. If that's what the contact says, then why bitch ? So, what are you talking about ? None of this has anything to do with the President. Issa needs to be doing the people's work instead of bugging a company about a stupid commercial...
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