Bob Lutz is Pissed and Rightfully So
by Zack K
By now everyone has heard of the Chevy Volt fire, and what a complete non-issue it is. ONE car caught fire, 3 weeks after the accident. If you crash your car and want to wait 3 weeks before you get out of it, the world really doesn’t need your genes in its pool. But the news grabbed the story, because they’re bored and terrible at their jobs. So they turned it into a big hullabaloo, hurting a recovering manufacturer all in the name of ratings. CNN-for example- has been in the shitter for years, so thinking this would be their big break is retarded. But another news organization has also been shouting “fire” all to stick a thorn in the Obama administration for funding the Volt with the auto bailouts. And that’s what has Bob Lutz so pissed off. This man doesn’t like a twisting of the facts.
After the fire Chevy was doing as much damage control as they could. A story like this scares people, and not everyone has time to surf automotive blogs all day. This is a problem. One journalist reported strangers commenting, “Be careful, those catch fire.” The seed had been planted.
Bob Lutz- revolving GM leader, horsepower proponent, and professional awesome guy- was a main brain behind the Chevy Volt. And that’s why he’s so mad at people like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. Mad enough he wrote this excellent, scathing piece for Forbes titled, “Chevy Volt and the Wrong-Headed Right.” (I strongly recommend you rea d it. Don’t worry, it’s short, and entertaining.) I doubt Bob and I agree on much besides cars, but the way he digs into O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh is just perfect. Those two fact-changing-blowhards have been using the Volt fire as a way to fire more agenda missiles at the Obama administration. The idea is, Obama’s administration offers a $7,500 tax credit, therefore they are using tax-payer money TO MAKE FIRE.
Fucking retards I disagree, and so does Bob. Bush signed the tax incentive. But Bob’s bigger point was, why are you turning a non-story into something that hurts a recovering American business?
Bob fired back, using the GOP talking head kryptonite: facts. And it’s not that Bob is a liberal, not by any stretch of the imagination. He’s a tried and true conservative. But trying to undermine Obama by twisting facts and hurting an American business is not what he supports. His main point is here:
“While as a conservative Republican I may well share the goal, I deplore the means employed to attain it. The conservative cause damages itself, destroys its credibility through the expedient spreading of untruths. The public will figure it out.
The right-wing “talking heads”, O’Reilly and Limbaugh at the forefront, have managed to make me embarrassed to describe myself as a conservative.”
This would be a great thing for all media -but especially Fox News- to think about. When a staunch conservative like Bob disagrees with your tactics, despite agreeing with their goal, maybe it’s time to change. He and I might not agree on politics, but he at least wants it to be a fair fight. They preach about job creation and stifling regulation, but do you think their listeners want to help support GM’s new foray into the world of hybrids and forward-thinking technology, after being told they catch fire? Of course not. They aren’t thinking of the overall on this one, a shortsightedness that is all too prevalent today.
Bravo, Bob. I couldn’t agree more.
Click here Bob Lutz’s full article, “The Chevy Volt and the Wrong-Headed Right.”