In what may have been the fastest ever scandal to flame up and die out, Ford Motor Company has made some quick headlines after rumors circulated that they were running an ad critical of the federal bailout of the auto industry — and that the White House put pressure on them to take the ad down.
As with most scandals, it started in the rightwing blogosphere, and took off from there. A columnist in Detroit took the allegations and ran, stating the ad, which was “pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.”
Except it’s not true. The ad, according to Ford, had a four week run, and had reached that end. “For those asking, the ad ran as part of a planned rotation and continues to run online. It contains the unscripted comments of a Ford owner. We supported emergency government support for our competitors and continue to support the decisions we made.”
Despite denials from both Ford and the White House, the paper, meanwhile has said that the columnist used “multiple sources” to draw his own conclusion. “The story speaks for itself.”
Watch the “pulled” ad below:
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