"Toyota deserves a public retraction and formal apology from ABC News." At least according to the automaker itself. For what, you ask? For ABC's "irresponsible broadcast entitled "Expert: Electronic Design Flaw Linked to Runaway Toyotas." You surely remember the piece, which originally aired the night before a Congressional Panel began investigating the issue of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
Mechanism used to "force unintended acceleration - Click above for high-res image gallery
You've already seen the ABC News piece about a college professor rigging up a Toyota Avalon so he could induce a short circuit that would cause unintended acceleration. It's a frightening demonstration. And as detailed yesterday, it's also bad journalism.
Video: Smoking Gun? ABC News expert recreates sudden acceleration without CPU error code *UPDATED w/Toyota response
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Report: Southeast Toyota dealers pull ads from local ABC stations citing "excessive stories" on recall
Southeast Toyota, which is the largest franchised distributor of Toyota vehicles in the world with 173 dealers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina & South Carolina, has reportedly pulled all of its advertising from local ABC stations. Why? Apparently, the group decided that the television stations were airing "excessive stories on the Toyota issues" by ABC News and its chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross.
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President George W. Bush will doubtlessly be remembered for many things things, but his parting legacy may yet be his eleventh-hour pledge of $17.4 billion in low-interest loans to General Motors and Chrysler (Ford Motor Company has said it does not require relief at this time).
var digg_url = 'http://www.digg.com/design/Sneak_Peek_Wagoner_lifts_cover_on_Pontiac_G8'; As we reported earlier today, Charles Gibson is in Detroit this week doing World News Tonight from Motown. Avid Autoblog reader Arthur just tipped us off to this sneak peak of the show in which Rick Wagoner escorts Gibson into the Pontiac design studio and lifts the cover off the front end of the Pontiac G8 that will debut early next month at the Chicago Auto Show. Our inside sources tell us the G8 is of
Researchers in Queensland are looking into using waste from the grape, olive and citrus industries to produce biodiesel, Australia's ABC news reported this week. The CEO of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation, Linda Silburn, said waste (and low-grade fruit) from these industries is regularly dumped but could be used to make biofuels.
It’s a media drama. ABC News is calling out this month’s issue of Vanity Fair, which focuses on green efforts by celebrities and others. Vanity Fair is, of course, one of those glossy magazines that glamorizes all sorts of wasteful consumer products and accepts plenty of advertising from companies that sell those products each month.