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So, I just saw a commercial for a program airing this Saturday night at 10pm on Discovery Times Channel. It's Discovery and New York Times paired together on TV, for those who don't know.

The show is called "Addicted to Oil Thomas L. Friedman Reporting". My guess is that the show will be more GM bashing by Friedman, but this time on TV. From the brief commercial I saw, the show looks to follow the lines of his op-ed in the Times newspaper. More "Rubbish" from Friedman, but this time he's looking to take the Discovery channel down with him.
Preview: http://times.discovery.com/convergence/friedman/addictedtooil/addictedtooil.html?clik=netmain_feat1

 

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Re: Addicted to Oil. More GM bashing?

Wow, can't wait to watch it.....
 

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Re: Addicted to Oil. More GM bashing?

I think everyone should email the Discovery channel and let them know how much we don't appreciate their bias, distorted view of the auto industry.
 

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more BS
 

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the only good that will come from this is Thomas looking like an idiot and i thought he would of been hella older!
 

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I haven't decided if I'm going to watch it yet. If I do, I'll have to put my tv behind some bullet-proof glass, because I have a feeling I'm going to be throwing things at it.

BTW, this is the first thing I've posted that's made it to the News Ticker! woohooo
 

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"This segment sponsored by Toyota--moving forward"

SOB! Write a couple of dumb illogical ant-GM articles and become a celebrity, see your booksales improve and become the spokesdumbass for all things green and anti-GM.
 

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And everyone here is giving him exactly what he wants--ATTENTION.

It's been said there's no such thing as bad publicity, and it's being borne out here and now. The more people talk about this, the more people say one thing or another, the more people are going to pay attention to what he's saying. Readership goes up. Book sales go up. Ad revenue goes up. This guy gets his ugly mug plastered all over the landscape, and the people at large do the majority of the work FOR him.

Thomas Friedman is the equivalent of an Internet troll. I don't feed trolls.

That is my final say on the subject.
 

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Reminds me of this thread: http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28784&highlight=geraldo
jwrebholz said:
And everyone here is giving him exactly what he wants--ATTENTION.

It's been said there's no such thing as bad publicity, and it's being borne out here and now. The more people talk about this, the more people say one thing or another, the more people are going to pay attention to what he's saying. Readership goes up. Book sales go up. Ad revenue goes up. This guy gets his ugly mug plastered all over the landscape, and the people at large do the majority of the work FOR him.
 

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The title "Thomas Friedman Reporting" implies that this special is being treated as an unbiased news report. It's not. It's commentary -- plain and simple. The name is disingenuous.

BTW, congrats to Payne for making it into the ticker!
 

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Well, GM and America may be addicited to oil, but since that's the first time I've been able to put a face to the name on those bias, anit-American, distorted 'articles' he's written, I must say he appears to be addicted to Krispy Kreme. Perhaps someone should write about his apparent gluttony for food, along with his disdain for unbiased reporting.
 

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TF is BS

even Al-Qaeda wont hate the American Auto Industry as much as TF does!
 

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I must say he appears to be addicted to Krispy Kreme. Perhaps someone should write about his apparent gluttony for food, along with his disdain for unbiased reporting.
Amen to that, I noticed that as well:rotf:
 

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If you watch the 2nd clip, it is basically thomas bashing domestics and praising the japanese imports.
Yeah, noticed that -- good to see that the Discovery Channel is giving him an outlet to continue ranting and attempt to convert other folks into thinking that GM (and the domestics) are the most evil companies in the world!
 

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amazingly funny

FROM THE LINK, a description of the show.

This one-hour documentary, reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, explores his ideas for a "geo-green alternative," a multilayered strategy for tackling a host of problems, from the funding of terrorist supporters through our gasoline purchases, to strengthening our economy through innovative technology.
Addicted to Oil examines a wide variety of developments taking place across the energy spectrum, from hybrid car enthusiasts who are converting their autos into "plug-ins" and getting 300 miles to a gallon of gas, to the current state of the hydrogen fuel cell. Other areas explored include "flex-fuel" vehicles that can run on an assortment of biofuels such as ethanol, which emits virtually no greenhouse gases and can be made from almost any biomass — like sugar cane, corn and even certain types of grass. (For example, in Brazil, 40 percent of all fuel used by drivers is ethanol.) Solar and especially wind power have made great advances in practical technologies that are increasingly being used throughout the world. We'll also look at new "clean and green" coal plants that are being designed to sequesterallcarbondioxideemissions.
Global warming is no longer a matter of debate, but a proven problem of potentially catastrophic proportions. As Friedman discovers in the course of our program, there is much we could do immediately, with technology at hand, to break our addiction to oil — and developing technologies promise a future free of a sole dependence on fossil fuels, a truly post-oil era. It can be done, if we have the will and leadership to do it.
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My view, i guess if he presents the facts as they are, then there is nothing to be worried about, but if it is anything like his recent works, then i think we will know the type of "unbiased reporting" he will give.

innovative technology: such as AFM, two mode hybrids and what not?
 

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This show had to be in post production by the time those sensational columns were published, looks like he was just adding fuel to the publicity fire (Insert E85 joke here).
 

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If the domestics didn't have their heads up you know where, and actually produced some fuel efficent cars, this wouldn't even be an issue. Instead, back in the cheap gas 1990's they hitched their wagons to the gas guzzler bandwagon and now they're paying the (public relations) price. Instead of investing a couple billion in Hummer, GM SHOULD have spent that money on developing a small car that gets decent milage. Why did Toyota have a 10 year head start on hybrids, when it SHOULD have been GM, with their experience with the EV1? Ford, instead of investing in the Excursion, should have invested in its (once) best selling midsized and compact cars instead of letting them die on the vine. Why do GM and Ford have such high CAFE numbers versus the imports? (I know, trucks, but why can't either of them manage to sell a compact car at a profit like their competitors do?) Face it, GM has not shown leadership in fuel economy in any way. 1mpg "wins" are meaningless in the PR battle when your competitors sell a vehicle that gets 2x the milage of your most efficent product! Why does a Camry 4cyl get virtually the same gas milage a a Chevy Aveo?!!!!

Also, if you know something about Friedman's work, this all kind of makes sense. His book, The World Is Flat, is about how we are now in a world where globalization and competition have virtually eliminated political and geographic boundaries in terms of sales of goods and services. It doesn't matter than someone is 6,000 miles away, they can compete with you just like they were next door. That means we're in a post-industrial world, (like it or not) and since we can't build stuff for LESS than those emerging markets, our economy now needs to be based on intellectual property and innovation. In the new economy it doesn't matter what you build, it matters what you know. Google has a market cap bigger than GM, Ford and Boeing put together. And they don't manufacture anything. They are in the business of IDEAS!!!! Something GM (or Ford) doesn't have many of. People here have complained that he's being anti-American by being anti-GM and his response would be, no I'm not. No more than someone who buys an Apple iPod or HP laptop made in China is being anti-American. It DOESN'T MATTER where it is made anymore. And to Friedman, a socially resposible company creating jobs in America is preferrable to a socially irresponsible company cutting jobs in America, regardless of where their corporate headquarters are located. Both Toyota and GM are MULTINATIONAL companies and he would argue it doesn't really matter any more.
 

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You know, it wouldn't be bashing GM if GM weren't so ****************ed slow at developing hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles. It should be noted that for all of the spin here, most of GM's fuel efficient cars it blabs about are made by one division - Chevrolet. Take Chevrolet out, and GM is woefully guilty of the taunting that Friedman is giving GM.

GM, if you want to make Friedman look like a fool, just build fuel efficient cars instead of throwing billions into full-sized SUV's and pickups!
 
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