ABC admits to falsifying toyota tests!

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  1. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

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    http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/cbc-article.aspx?cp-documentid=23621295


    ABC News has admitted it used visuals in a report on acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles that didn't demonstrate what was actually happening.

    ABC has now admitted to a misjudgment and swapped out the brief dashboard video in its report, which continues to be available online.

    Its story illustrated a report by David Gilbert, a Southern Illinois University professor who suggested that a design flaw in Toyotas might leave a short-circuit that could cause sudden acceleration undetected by the car's computer system.

    Correspondent Brian Ross's report showed him driving a Toyota with Gilbert that was rigged to quickly accelerate. Even though he knew it was coming, Ross said the incident left him shaken, and he had a hard time getting the car to come to a stop.

    Tachometer shot needed to be steady

    Briefly during the drive, ABC cut to a picture of a tachometer with the needle zooming forward. The impression was that the tachometer was documenting the ride Ross was taking. Instead, that picture was taken from a separate instance where a short-circuit was induced in a parked car.

    This overt attack by the majority shareholder of the competition ie. the government on Toyota is getting pretty obvious.
     
  2. paddy macrumors 6502a

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    Great title. Really gonna get a good discussion going. :rolleyes:
     
  3. IntheNet macrumors regular

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    Interesting point!

    Since the government now owns a controlling share in GM (Government Moters) can it legitimately critique Toyota? I see an anti-trust lawsuit on the horizon - certainly the federal government must divorce its interest here as an unbiased entity in any criticism of dangerous-at-any-speed Toyota Motors.

    Big winner here is Ford...
     
  4. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Ok, that was seriously funny.......................... The last seen with her face out the window. Priceless.
     
  5. freeny macrumors 68020

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    Does the government actually own shares or did they loan money like a bank?

    And how does ABC news = government?

    Honest questions here...

    If the gov. actually owns shares then they certainly need to stay unbiased until those shares are sold. If the money was just a loan and the gov has no call in the daily activity of GM then i see no issues...

    As to the article, it seems ABC screwed up and is rightly admitting it, but im not making the connection where ABC = government....
     
  6. dinaluvsApple thread starter macrumors regular

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124083476254259049.html

    Obama and company own 60% of GM.

    ABC news is basically the official white-house media arm.
    they were the only ones to cover all the state of the unions address and healthcare talks.
    even CNN didnt asskiss as much them.
     
  7. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    OP, both links you have posted require subscriptions. Kind of makes it hard to take this thread seriously, and how does ABC equal government? How many shares of ABC News does "Obama and company" own?
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Every media outlet, yes, even Faux News, covered the SOTU address.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. R.Perez macrumors 6502

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    Nice right-wing talking points you have there.

    I thought MSNBC was the white house media arm, you guys really can't keep your stories straight can you?
     
  10. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    No kidding. That ridiculous thread title might cut it at some tea party web site, but not here. Let's get real.

    Edit: that's better.
     
  11. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Ok, seriously, ABC did not admit to falsifying the tests, they admitted to using a stable image from a parked car in which the same fault occurred instead of an image from the moving car. Why, because it was stable and not bouncing all over the place.

    Am I the only one who wants to know whether the actual fault was faked? Was the acceleration faked? If that was faked, then let's talk about that.

    Using a better video, well, that's just better tv. Also, if it was reflective of what actually happened, then what's the problem?
     
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I agree, that is just good TV. Could the OP perhaps explain why he sees a problem with ABC re-creating the issue, to get a better shot?
     
  13. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Wow, allowing for a direct connection to our government is now seen as a bad thing. Wow.
     
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    You didn't miss anything. Like most things SNL has done in the past decade, it wasn't funny.
     
  16. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    http://www.usatoday.com/communities...s-doctor-its-report-on-runaway-toyota-tests/1


    So, in a nutshell, the car accelerated, causing the shot to be blurry, and they replaced the blurry shot with a clear one because it was scarrier.

    Key issue... the car accellerated. Yelling about the footage... distraction.

    Sounds like a lot of political threads lately.

    (edit) I can't spell.
     

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