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Ford: WH Didn’t Push Us To Pull ‘Bailout Ad’

From the Daily Caller:

Ford: White House didn’t pressure us to pull anti-bailout ad


Ford Motor Co. pulled an ad because of pressure from the Obama administration, the Detroit News’ Daniel Howes wrote in his column Tuesday. A campaigning Obama had Ford scratch the ad, he charges, because it presented a political liability in souring the public’s views of the bailout.

The Michigan-based motor company responded to the story Tuesday afternoon, denying that the White House had anything to do with Ford’s decision to stop airing the ad.

“For those asking, the ad ran as part of a planned rotation and continues to run online,” said Ford in a statement. “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.”

The ad in question featured authentic footage of a Ford-owner responding to the question of why “buying American” was important to him.

“I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government,” said a Ford owner identified as Chris.

“I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: Win, lose or draw. “That’s what America is about, taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta’ pick yourself up and go back to work. Ford is that company for me.”

In his original column, Howes wrote that Ford pulled the ad after administration officials and competitors such as General Motors complained that it was “publicly denigrating” since Ford CEO Alan Mulally publicly supported the auto bailouts. He then asserts that White House officials were so incensed by the problems the ad could cause for Obama’s re-election that they had it taken off the air.

Howes, though, only cites one unnamed “industry source.”

Perhaps we are getting cynical, but we find it very easy to believe the Obama administration may have pressured Ford to drop their advertisement. And we also find it very easy to believe Ford would deny it, to protect their company.

After all, this is the way third world governments work. And there is no denying that we now have a third world administration.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Ford: WH Didn’t Push Us To Pull ‘Bailout Ad’”

  1. proreason says:

    Guido here.

    Just a friendly call to see how you are doing after that unfortunate fire you had three years ago.

    Let me know if I can help.

    Preciate those prompt payments, friend.

  2. untrainable says:

    No, it wasn’t the White House that pushed. It was (most probably) the justice department. I.m sure Eric “The Holdup” Holder sent over some goons and made clear that to badmouth the lord god king boofoo Obamy would only make real trouble for Ford. “It’s not a threat, but we know where your wife and children are…”

    Chicago Way procedure 12, subsection 31, paragraph 3.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      (with my best Chicago accent): “Dat’s a reel nice fam-lee you got dare. Be a shame sumpin’ wuz ta happen ta dem….like maybe an ax-i-dent or sumpin’. So, youse gonna keep runnin’ dat cummershal?”

    • untrainable says:

      Followed by some nice fresh cement overshoes and a lovely view of the river. (paragraph 4)

  3. JohnMG says:

    Anybody care to give me odds for the potential strike by UAW against Ford? If this much is visible to anyone with 3rd grade cognitive powers, what do you suppose remains hidden from view?

  4. canary says:

    Fact: FORD received a govt loan after saying they didn’t need one during the requests for bail-outs. It went unnoticed. It was also in the news when FORD paid it back fairly quickly. GM got a huge bailout and then lied in their commercials they’d paid it back when they really hadn’t yet.
    I told people ready to buy FORD to be patriotic that they got a loan too. FORD autos suck.
    I assume FORD’s commerical would bring a double back lash from other American Autos and the White House because FORD did get a government loan too. Period.

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