Do you remember when we were being bombarded with stories about Toyota and the acceleration problems on its cars? The media certainly seemed to go into overdrive on that subject, relentlessly castigating Toyota and its management. And there were certainly grounds for criticism.
Recently the steering wheel on a Chevrolet Cruze detached from the steering column at highway speed. Fortunately, the driver was able to avert disaster. GM has issued a recall notice for over 2,000 vehicles, about 4% of recent production for the new model.
Industry experts can evaluate the scale of this screwup compared to others in the car business. But the media! One would think that a sense of fairness would propel the MSM to make this a big news story after their Toyota orgy. But one would be wrong. The ever-alert Drudge Report did pick it up, and linked to the Driver’s Seat blog on The Wall Street Journal.
The suspicious mind might wonder if the media’s infatuation with Obama and his union-friendly interventionist economics could be driving the restrained coverage compared to their treatment of Toyota. But then that would lead to questioning their biases on a host of other news stories – war casualties (under the klieg lights with Bush, invisible under Obama), deficits (scandal under Bush, sensible economic management under Obama), Guantanamo Bay (I don’t need to go on, do I?)
Caveat lector- it always pays to have a suspicious mind when a story conflicts with the MSM’s love of The One.