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Report: Ford pulls bailout ad after criticism from press, questions from White House
MLive ^ | September 27, 2011 | Jonathan Oosting

Posted on 09/27/2011 9:58:54 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

Ford Motor Company has shelved a television commercial indirectly criticizing its competitors for accepting government bailouts to avoid bankruptcy in the wake of media criticism and, reportedly, a call from the White House.

The ad, first uploaded to YouTube months ago, was part of a series featuring real-life customers who were thrust into press conferences where actor/reporters asked them to explain their decisions to buy a Ford.

"I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," the customer, Chris, said in the ad. "I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That's what America is about is 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."

The ad came under fire earlier this month when various media outlets began to point out Ford's apparent hypocricy, noting that while the automaker did not receive a government bailout, CEO Alan Mulally urged Congress to aid the industry and accepted various federal loans.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bailout; bailouts; chicagoway; ford; gubmintmotors; uaw

1 posted on 09/27/2011 9:59:02 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Thought police strike again


2 posted on 09/27/2011 10:01:59 AM PDT by Skeez (O)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ford undoubtedly also got a little call from some UAW leadership... “Nice little company ya got there... hate to see anything bad happen to it...”


3 posted on 09/27/2011 10:02:14 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

did Mulally get threatened with a kneecapping?


4 posted on 09/27/2011 10:02:31 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is creepy if true — that the White House is pestering Ford(*) for daring to try to make hay out of the FACT that Ford didn’t need or accept a bailout.

(*— And Ford not only is a huge company that, one would hope, would not easily be intimidated, but ALSO is full of UAW workers.)


5 posted on 09/27/2011 10:02:42 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Truth hurts. Disappointed in Ford for caving to whiny liberals with their hands out.


6 posted on 09/27/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

questions or death threats from the white house thug patrol?


7 posted on 09/27/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The Goosesteppers have spoken!


8 posted on 09/27/2011 10:03:10 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

AttackWatch!


9 posted on 09/27/2011 10:03:14 AM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Ford still has union thugs working for them, and union thugs who aren’t working form them, still receiving paychecks, do they no? If so, the time will come when they need a bailout, so they better be nice.


10 posted on 09/27/2011 10:04:22 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
D**n! They should have had the courage of their convictions. Now, I will only look at makers not bending a knee to King Obama.
11 posted on 09/27/2011 10:05:28 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pricktator Obama strikes again.


12 posted on 09/27/2011 10:05:30 AM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’d pull it too. Then run it during the Superbowl.

Too good to leave it on the shelf.


13 posted on 09/27/2011 10:05:46 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: demshateGod

Yes, which is part (and only part) of what was so monstrous about the GM bailout giving majority ownership to the UAW. Ford is now competing against its own workers.


14 posted on 09/27/2011 10:07:09 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Questions from White House = Threats


15 posted on 09/27/2011 10:11:01 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Attaaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!! XD)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

A great ad!


16 posted on 09/27/2011 10:11:17 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The Minister of Propaganda
in the White House pulled
the FORD ad.

17 posted on 09/27/2011 10:12:17 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Won’t be long we’re going to need to purchase two vehicles, and Ford is at the top of the list. Edge, and Flex. Already have an old F-150 I’ll run ‘til it dies, but have to replace the other two.


18 posted on 09/27/2011 10:13:01 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Yet Ford is taking gauranteed gov loans at 2%

http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-the-latest-recipients-of-free-money-from-the-federal-financing-bank-2011-9


19 posted on 09/27/2011 10:13:08 AM PDT by lancium
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To: texmexis best
I’d pull it too. Then run it during the Superbowl.

Too good to leave it on the shelf.

"Like"

21 posted on 09/27/2011 10:13:57 AM PDT by uptoolate (For the record: I have complete assurance that nothing can pluck me from His hand)
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To: demshateGod
Ford still has union thugs working for them, and union thugs who aren’t working form them, still receiving paychecks, do they no? If so, the time will come when they need a bailout, so they better be nice.

And Ford is the next target in the UAW's contract negotiations. No doubt the union wants the same deal as Government Motors gave them when they settled a few weeks ago. After all, GM is nothing more than a government employer not unlike schools, cities and states that have employee unions.

22 posted on 09/27/2011 10:24:25 AM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 18 and 28.)
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To: TigersEye
The Goosesteppers IRS have spoken!

There, fixed it for you.

23 posted on 09/27/2011 10:25:25 AM PDT by Obadiah (Okay, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: Obadiah

Looks like I was right anyway.


24 posted on 09/27/2011 10:27:50 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: lancium

Note that those are DOE/ADV Tech loans (at 2% higher than Solyndra got). Ford is in a tough spot. In order to sell trucks (which they are very good at), in order to comply with Federal CAFE (fleet average mileage) standards, they have to sell a bunch of small/fuel efficient cars (which they’re not very good at.

Get rid of CAFE altogether and set mileage standards based on gross vehicle weight. That would allow Ford and GM to sell trucks (which they are good at) and let Honda and Toyota sell small cars (why THEY’RE good at). The whole industry would be better off.


25 posted on 09/27/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I seem to recall ads from GM stating that they had paid back all the government loans only to learn that, oops, they lied. They still owe.


26 posted on 09/27/2011 10:28:27 AM PDT by Obadiah (Okay, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: TigersEye

Just a different name, my FRiend.


27 posted on 09/27/2011 10:29:14 AM PDT by Obadiah (Okay, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well, so much for our first Amendment rights.

How much more of this before we start to take our country back?


28 posted on 09/27/2011 10:29:19 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: Skeez

When are people going to wake up? Why is the left ok with this behavior? Their boy is setting all sorts of precedents.


29 posted on 09/27/2011 10:30:00 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

30 posted on 09/27/2011 10:30:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rockinqsranch

My ‘01 GMC Sierra was due for replacement but in a trade, it was worth $3,000 less to the Ford guy than the GMC dealer. I had planned to buy a Ford, having purchased four Explorers and a couple of Tauruses. The 3 thou and the 100,000 mile warranty put an ‘11 GMC Sierra in my garage.


31 posted on 09/27/2011 10:30:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What now?

GM? - Hell no!

Chrysler? - Hell no!

Ford? - Not if you are going to fold to intimidation.

Toyota? - ?????

What is a truck buyer to do?

32 posted on 09/27/2011 10:32:12 AM PDT by Envisioning ( Call me a racist................, one more time......................)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

But this is beautiful.

More reporting of this kind of threads, please! - “criticism from the media and questions from WH”

WHY on earth is the media critizing Ford’s ad?


33 posted on 09/27/2011 10:39:24 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"Chris" was interviewed on Frank Beckmann's show this morning (WJR - Detroit 760). His story is powerful. He also drives a Ford truck, is a Christian and teaches a US Constitution class at his church.

Which makes the poor guy and his family an Obama target.

You can hear the interview here:

http://www.wjr.com/sectional.asp?id=38702

34 posted on 09/27/2011 10:39:32 AM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: cyclotic

“questions or death threats from the white house thug patrol?”

That my friend, is what white guilt put in the White House - “community organizer”.


35 posted on 09/27/2011 10:50:17 AM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Ford and GM have the best small cars out there now. The Chevy Cruze and the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus.

Ford will soon have the best all electric car out there too.

The Electric Focus.

http://www.ford.com/electric/focuselectric/2012/


36 posted on 09/27/2011 10:59:18 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It no longer makes economic sense for companies to try to manufacture anything in the U.S. due to the Marxist anti-business regime in Washington. The next election holds the key. But if I was on the board of Ford or Boeing I’d be actively exploring manufacturing options in Canada and other receptive countries.


37 posted on 09/27/2011 11:04:59 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: ltc8k6

I’ll take your word for that, but my friend who is chief mechanic for the largest Ford dealership in Arizona always refers to the Ford Focus as the Ford F**kus (for what that’s worth). Maybe things have gotten better in the last couple of years.


38 posted on 09/27/2011 11:05:50 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Sir Napsalot
WHY on earth is the media critizing Ford’s ad?

Rhetorical, right ?

39 posted on 09/27/2011 11:09:24 AM PDT by chiller ( Obama is nothing more than a professional money launderer)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Customer Chris will now get the free, gubmint Joe the Plumber background check.


40 posted on 09/27/2011 11:14:30 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

That was the previous gen Focus.

The one out now is completely new and the class of the field.


41 posted on 09/27/2011 11:16:48 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Envisioning

VW- make unions prosper and flourish in countries I DON’T live in.


42 posted on 09/27/2011 11:17:30 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: ltc8k6

Like I said, I’ll take your word for it.


43 posted on 09/27/2011 11:18:56 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Skeez

When the Gov’t controls everything, everything becomes political.


44 posted on 09/27/2011 11:27:03 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The Chicago Way... again.


45 posted on 09/27/2011 11:39:45 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That is exactly why I now have my first Ford.


46 posted on 09/27/2011 12:30:55 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Envisioning

Nissan (Titan) - made in Mississippi by NON-union workers


47 posted on 09/27/2011 1:41:18 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: jivin gene

Well, this white guy don’t feel no guilt. I voted for the chick and the old guy


48 posted on 09/27/2011 3:15:03 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Truth29
They should have had the courage of their convictions.

I'm not holding this against Ford, given the current environment. The only way we can beat this is to refuse to support their government/UAW owned competitors and vote the Dems out in 2012.

49 posted on 09/28/2011 2:36:47 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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