Automotive News' engineering reporter Richard Truett is disgusted (disgusted I say!) with the amount of negativity floating around the blogosphere's comment sections regarding Detroit's Big Three. The AN scribe goes into detail about the people he cares about that work for Motown's finest, and asks how long it will take for GM, Ford and Chrysler to get over being "punished for making Chevrolet Vegas and Oldsmobile diesels or relying too long on the fat profit of trucks and SUVs?"
In an attempt to understand (and avoid offending) the countless commentators on the Web, Truett peddles forward, saying, "For the most part, these are angry people. But they don't seem to be unintelligent people who are just making uninformed negative comments... They do have valid points." And then he slams on the brakes, "Or did have."
Not until the end of his diatribe does Truett disclose what comment finally sent him over the editorial edge, but low and behold, our very own "Daniel" gets quoted in the trade pub with his comment about GM's decision not to bring a minicar to America. The only problem: Truett cuts Daniel's comment up, taking it partially out of context to suit his own needs.
The quoted comment in Truett's editiorial: "With incompetent clowns like this running GM and Ford and Chrysler -- it is no wonder that the Big Three is well on its way of becoming the Big Zero. How could the leadership of these companies be this bad?"
Daniel's original comment in context: "With incompetent clowns like this running GM and Ford and Chrysler -- it is no wonder that the Big Three is well on its way of becoming the Big Zero. Americans don't want small fuel-efficient cars? Ford does not offer it's best European products in the U.S.? Chrysler doesn't have a clue? How could the leadership of these companies be this bad?"
See the difference? We do. But apparently Truett's friendships and associations won't allow him to see the truth.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]