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Two Sides of the Mouth Award

[via Media Matters]

Two months ago, Fox News anchor Jon Scott did a negative story about Tesla, the electric car maker. He used Tesla as an example of bad government spending, saying “we are all sort of co-owners of Tesla — that company got hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars as part of the president’s, you know, green energy thing.”

On Friday, Scott did another negative story, but this time about Fisker, an electric car company that is beset by financial troubles, and suggested that Fisker is representative of the failed Department of Energy’s loan program. Then he added “Meantime, there’s another company, Tesla, smaller company, did not get a government loan as far as I’m aware … Tesla seems to be making a go of it so far.”

Luckily, his guest corrected him, pointing out that Tesla actually received the same federal financial assistance as Fiskar.

Tesla is now a success, and is enroute to paying back its DOE loan five years early after having its Model S named car of the year by both Motor Trend and Automobile magazines, and showing a profit in Q1 2013.

My question is, does Fox News really hate any effort to wean ourselves off of Middle East oil, or do they just hate anything that Obama does?



  1. oregonbird wrote:

    Aren’t you tired of asking that question?

    We need to reframe these incidents — it isn’t about the GOP hating Obama; he is doing everything they want. Widening the income gap, destroying personal freedoms, deporting immigrants, refusing to stand up for the rights of women and minorities, ignoring the medical disasters unfolding in the Gulf states, on the West Coast, in Japan. Moving us toward war with Iran. He intends to sign off on the pipeline — the banks are already putting the framework in place. The years of ‘inter-agency co-ooperation’ that have been practiced in small southern towns and universities under tight media blackout had a trial run in Boston, and the citizens did as they were told… believed everything they were told even when it made absolutely no sense. There have been *lots* of 90-100% votes in Congress — they just don’t get touted in the media, since they all screw us over big time.

    So it’s theatre, this ‘hatred’, which means we need a new question for these situations. How about: “How does this propaganda benefit the plans of the administration?”

    Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink
  2. Duckman wrote:

    Certainly a little early to be calling Tesla a success

    Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink
  3. Dave TN wrote:

    Does anybody remember the mysterious figure Jon Stewart pointed out that actually co-owned fox. Just because he was middle eastern does not mean he has ties to Arab oil but I wouldn’t be shocked if he did, but FOX is going to be against anything Obama does even when it is in their best interest, to oppose him since they are the tail wagging the GOP dog.
    My concern though is why aren’t more people concerned by the fact that a Aussie and a Arab essentially are holding the reins of power of this country from the back of the stagecoach and where are they trying to take us?

    Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  4. Arjun Kanuri wrote:

    Hi mates, good paragraph and nice arguments commented here, I
    am truly enjoying by these.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink