Last post on Sep 16, 2007 at 10:59 AM
You are in the Automotive News & Views-Archives
What is this discussion about?
#1 of 60 Lets talk media
May 17, 2007 (5:34 pm)
Do you think the media plays a role on how a car manufacturer is perceived? Do you see bias in reports/reviews? If so please post them here and tell us your story..
#2 of 60 Re: Lets talk media [scape2]
May 17, 2007 (6:42 pm)
I read about all kinds of problems with the Honda Ody transmission... recalls and extended warranty offered. Yet Consumer Reports still recommends it. I've read very little in the media about the transmission woes... so there does seem to be bias in that respect.
#3 of 60 Re: Lets talk media [jipster]
May 17, 2007 (8:48 pm)
The near worship of Toyota & Honda by the editors of CR is cult like. They have been an enemy of GM since Ralph Nader worked there. CR should not be allowed non profit status.
May 17, 2007 (9:55 pm)
This 1999 article, A Sell-Out's Tale, by Bryant Urstadt has some juicy tidbits.
"One day in February I got a message from a woman named Jennifer. As messages go, it was a good one. She worked for Volvo of North America, and she wanted to fly me to Phoenix for a three-day stay in a first-class hotel, all expenses paid... It would have been a cryptic message, but I had already been on one Volvo press trip, and I knew immediately that I had just been offered a cushy free vacation. All Volvo wanted, in return, was for me to mention their car in a national publication. Or, to put it bluntly, all they wanted was my journalistic integrity"
zpedia.org via the web archive
May 18, 2007 (7:06 pm)
Kudos, scape. This will be a good way to be a watchdog when things get fishy, and voice differing opinions about the media's portrayal of things.
#7 of 60 Re: Lets talk media [gagrice]
May 18, 2007 (8:25 pm)
If it weren't for the media, a lot of issues we would never even learn about.
#8 of 60 Re: Lets talk media [lambolover]
May 19, 2007 (6:06 am)
Welcome to the Forum!
You are absolutely right. It is just sorting out the truth from the paid commercials. You should read the article Steve posted on trips the automakers provide for writers. If I was treated to an all expense paid trip and given a new car to check out, I would have a hard time giving the car a bad report.
#9 of 60 Well, one thing that really didn't
May 19, 2007 (1:05 pm)
impress me about Consumer Reports was when reviewing a 2002 Kia Spectra they inserted a picture of a 1998-2001 era Sephia and inserted the same old jargon that I had read for many years for their "review".
Dudes, last time I checked some of us had some gray matter still operating up there. Let's put some work in to these articles and see if someone else in America might be able to work through their own manufacturer bias.
#10 of 60 Re: Lets talk media [gagrice]
May 19, 2007 (1:18 pm)
If I was treated to an all expense paid trip and given a new car to check out, I'd go out of my way to write a bad review of it. They need to learn their lesson the hard way.