Looks like Bob Lutz gave up criticizing the way Fox News talks about the Chevrolet Volt just in time. Lee Spieckerman of Spieckerman Media was on Fox & Friends this morning absolutely raving about GM's plug-in hybrid, and the host agreed with everything he said. See for yourself after the jump.

Spieckerman starts with the phrase, "I'm a Texan, I love oil," but then makes a cogent, conservative case for the Volt, calling it "the iPhone of the American car industry" and a "wonderful vehicle." What follows is a few minutes of pure Volt fanboi discussion. The GM-Volt forums are, understandably, appreciative of this change of tone and, as CalCars' Felix Kramer put it, "Lee Spieckerman, Texas conservative, somehow gets on Fox News with a different message. Bob Lutz couldn't have said it better!"

Host Steve Doocy, in this interview, completely backed Spieckerman that the Volt is amazing, saying he test drove one over the weekend and that it was "smooth as glass." He also, without a hint of irony, talks about "the myth that so many people think Barack Obama came to office and shoved this down GM's throat" (where could they have gotten that idea?) Can the claim that the Volt is going to beat the terrorist thanks to President Bush's foresight be that far behind? Actually, Fox News calls the video piece, "Can the Chevy Volt help win the War on Terror?" so that question is already answered.



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      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's all that rolled together no wonder some people think Fox is evil. Those people defined "troll" long before the term was invented.
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is amazing how Fox news loads their information with election slants aimed at Obama even when GM's Volt is the subject...wise up and listen to how they always move almost every issue to "it's Obama Fault." This is part of the plan to keep repeating the same old attacks over and over until the non-thinkers believe it and carry the message into the voting booth. This is just another political dirty trick...and you need to see it as such. BTW, I vote for the person not the party even thought I'm registered as a Republican. I think it's time we leveled with the American people, admitted our mistakes and purged the crazy right out of the party. This party has grown into a monster against the very people it should be supporting...the middle-class. Yet, we continue to run toward the richest 1% for handouts and continue to do their bidding...I don't understand why we don't work for the people instead of the money hogs.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        Yes, I noticed that, too, how they tried to shift the blame to Obama for their own past actions in opposing the Volt, saying it was an unfair association of the Volt with Obama that gave it all that bad press, when the development really started under their hero, Bush Jr.!
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        Money hogs and faceless unaccountable corporations fund election campaigns. We have the best government money can buy.
      hahiran
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz must have walked through FOX news headquarters, personally kicking everyone's ass. What a stunning turnaround from previous coverage. Whatever the reason, I'm glad to see a shift on the right concerning EV's. I've always told people to drive an EV before they pass judgment, and the Volt is the best Chevy product I've ever piloted. The more people they can get behind the wheel, the more Volts they will sell. My only recommendation to GM is to have Volt specialists like Nissan has Leaf specialists in their showroom. The guy at our local Chevy dealer knew very little about the car and wanted to show us other cars, even though we drove up to the dealer in our Leaf.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't even read articles by Sebastian Blanco. It's Rupublicans = evil. Fox news = evil. Blah blah blah Partisan hack.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Perhaps you could refute the allegation?
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        You're dumb.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          I'm not opposed to different opinions, but Car Guys does not consider any opinion, or facts, that oppose his own. The video is unedited, and the text is backed up by more facts. Yet all that Car Guy could produce is a knee-jerk reaction and some made-up nonsense, in line with what dumb peope of his kind do.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          @Nick, No, he just has a different opinon than you ! (Well, ok , Car Guy's remaks are usually pretty dumb, but not every dissenting opinion means that persons dumb! ).
        PR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Car Guy "I don't even read articles by Sebastian Blanco." Posted on an article by Sebastian Blanco. Priceless!!
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sometimes the simplest posts can say the most. So I'll just say this: Thanks Fox!
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      The reason they hated the Volt to begin with was because both GM and LGChem who makes the batteries (in the US) received recovery act money to support the pack and cell manufacturing. They decided to hate everything recovery act, and it didn't matter what that was, or whether it really was better for us all or for the country or whether there were reasons that it was a good idea. Just remind them that the Volt batteries will be made in a factory partially payed for by recovery act funds, and I'll bet the hate starts again.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Strange, there was no outrage about the Banks. Limbaugh even said something like "We can't Nationalize the Banks" or "Obama is going to nationalize the banks". The Too Big to Fail Banks, the banks with 40X leverage, the insolvent banks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great car for conseratives and liberals!
      Ugo Sugo
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is space for some love from the Republicans for the plug-in hybrids. There are still the pure electrics left to blame for the loss of American jobs and tax payers money.
      • 2 Years Ago
      well, the idiot managed to perpetuate one myth during that conversation on Fox News: that Obama has been "against fossil fuels." As in, Obama didn't give enough favoritism to OIL through the Dept. of Energy? What exactly is it?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope someone at GM reads my post.... this is bullS**t that I purchased a new 2012 Volt from a dealer in California in December 2011 and now two months later, they come out with a new model that qualified for another $2500 rebate from the State of California AND the HOV lane pass.. Let's just stick it to the stupid early VOLT buyers - great way to earn loyalty.....(NOT!) Anybody know a good lawyer that wants an easy class action suit?
        • 2 Months Ago
        Fred, the additional $2500 rebate and HOV lane pass are not related to any activity based in Detroit, MI. The only difference between your December 2011 and a February 2012 Volt is a higher VIN number. Though, please feel free to direct your comments to Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Fred, well said. i've been banging this drum for a while as a 2011 owner and have been getting flamed on the volt forum (which must be stocked with gm employees).. i'm in for class action.. :)
        Duane
        • 2 Months Ago
        Sorry but you are an illogical whiner. Illogical because you are angry at the car company over a government rebate policy (the same policy, incidentally, which other commenters are critical of). You should be angry at YOUR state government for not allowing the same status based on some arcane technicality. You are a whiner because you made a decision that the deal you were offered had value for you and you accepted it. The deal didn't change, only the government policy did. Solution: Drive your Volt off a cliff. You'll make everyone on this thread happy one way or another.
        KenZ
        • 2 Months Ago
        You're an early adopter. Get used to it. You bought the car at a certain price, knowing what the car can do, and knowing that it doesn't have HOV access. You did the math, and the purchase made sense so you bought it. Just because the Jones' next door waited and got, in your eyes, a 'better deal' does not make anything GM or the US or even California illegal. What about all the solar panel buyers two years ago who would have been financially better off if they HADN'T bought panels for their homes and waited until now? Or, why buy a Volt at all this year, why not wait 5 more years until electric cars are a REALLY good deal. I'll tell you why. Because you're an early adopter. You looked at the pros and cons, and it was a good deal. The value of your deal hasn't changed just because others got a better one later. No one put a gun to your head to buy the car when you did. Suck it up.
        Jason Allen
        • 2 Months Ago
        I can sympathize, I had a similar but much smaller thing happen when I bought a Kindle at full $450 two week before the new ones came out. Better, lighter and cheaper by $200. But it is something that happens to early adopters occasionally. I'm not sure what anyone can do. What do you want the dealership to do or GM to do? I am all for making things fair but I'm not sure what can be done. I hope you love the car. I've thought it could be perfect for some people and I hope you're one of them. You really took one for the team and I know a lot of us are actually proud that folks like you and the guy who replied to you first who took steps early on to change our wateful ways. Kudos!
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news for the embattled GM Volt ! I have been a fan of the Volt since it's inception. The insane attacks on the vault by Fox and other media outlets, with spurious tales of absurd fires, safety hazards etc, have been damaging to the sales of the Volt. The have detracted from the image and prestige of what should have been hailed as a remarkable example of American technical innovation. Now, that opposition seems to be dying a natural death, and GM is aggressively marketing the Volt again, it would be really useful if we could get rid of that other hindrance to increase Volt sales! I'm referring to those critics who always seem to find an excuse to down-rate the Volt, by pointing out that buying a Volt now is foolish, when if you wait a little while the price will come down! Or, those who comment" 'Oh the Volt's too expensive, and not good value, but I support the idea of EV's, (that's not available) All those who are still waiting for a 500 kg, six seat, 600 mile range, 5 minute charging, EV for $20,000 ! It would really be a disgrace if GM exported more Volt/Ampera, than it sold in the US!
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        "All those who are still waiting for a 500 kg, six seat, 600 mile range, 5 minute charging, EV for $20,000 ! " Nice strawman trolling.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          @Spec " Nice strawman trolling " Okay, sooo... tell me, which brand of EV do you drive?
          DarylMc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I'm struggling keep up with the terminology but I think you just gave Marco a witty compliment for a swipe at DF?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        It would be good if all the negative attack ads go away, but the damage is already done in the US. Even if Fox does a complete turn around and daily extolls the virtues of the Volt there will still be those that will cling to the first thing they heard. It will take a while to rebuild the trust. Those that see the Volt as a compromise car for EV's will probably never give it the credit it deserves. But they only have to look around and see there are plenty of gas drinking ICE vehicles that derserve their animosity long before the Volt does. Keep your eye on the ball. If the goal is to have a more energy efficient car, the Volt is necessary stepping stone. It also teaches people the virtues of EV driving. You can see it in those that have already bought a Volt trying to maximize their EV driving versus ICE driving. This is a huge step in the right direction. Yes, EV's are the more efficient platform but they don't meet everyones needs - yet.
        dax777
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        I agree marcopolo, its would make Americans look really bad if the Europeans bought more Volts than we Americans...they don't have the talking heads to influence them over there....
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      A very positive story. Except for the talk of $2.50 gas. In Australia I have no opportunity or desire to watch Fox news. Maybe Fox is just responding to the wealth of reasonable arguments on forums like this. I think if the media set itself to make the world a better place they could have greater influence than the politicians. Polarising people with lies just holds everyone back.
        dax777
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarylMc
        You think for yourself...way to go down under...
        marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarylMc
        @Daryl Ah, Fox News is a bit like Today Tonight hosted by Alan Jones and Karl Sandilands!
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarylMc
        "In Australia I have no opportunity or desire to watch Fox news." Consider yourself lucky. The clip is a perfect example of how biased Fox News is, with Spiekerman fawning all over "I Love O'Reilly and I Love Neil Cavuto and I love Eric Bolling" who are the most opinionated suppliers of misinformation on that channel. They are not news reporters, it's all editorial content, but the channel isn't call "Fox Opinions" or "Fox Editorial". They don't check their facts before reading them like they are news, which is why it's so much fun to watch Jon Stewart call them out on this on almost a daily basis.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Ele Truk
          I tend to agree with Marco. I dont think this type of media has any interest apart from winding up an audience to get some ratings. Good on the Americans who choose to avoid it. You are not alone.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarylMc
        More likely Bob Lutz called his friend that was owed a favor by Fox News and told him to straighten them out about his legacy car.
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