AP Auto Writer Fails to Disclose GM's Lying Response to Trump Tweet

January 10th, 2017 1:35 PM
President-elect Donald Trump started a controversy on January 3 when he alleged in an early-morning tweet that "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!"

Good Grief: AP Report on Car Sales Says Buyers Were 'Giddy'

March 2nd, 2016 2:45 PM
To believe what the Associated Press's Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin wrote yesterday about February's auto sales, you have to believe that last month's car buyers were either: "a) affected with vertigo; dizzy"; or b) "frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty." That's because they claimed that in February, "consumers - giddy from Super Bowl ads -…

Grieving AP Virtually Dares GOP to Create More Jobs in Tenn. After UAW

February 17th, 2014 11:41 PM
The folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, are really having a hard time processing the UAW's failure to gain the ability to represent Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee workers in an election held last week. AP journalists, who themselves are members of the News Media Guild, are exhibiting characterstics of still partially being in Stage 1 (Denial) but…

Press Coverage of UAW's VW-Chattanooga Loss 'Somehow' Overlooks One 'O

February 15th, 2014 8:21 PM
The three Associated Press reports I've seen on the UAW's failure to win the right to represent hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the first two were covered in NewsBusters posts here and here; the wire service's 3:52 p.m. report is here — all mention in one way or another what UAW President Bob King is now calling "unprecedented…

Update: AP Revision to VW-Chattanooga Story Laments UAW's Loss of 'Pot

February 15th, 2014 11:08 AM
Following revisions to initial stories at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration's Press, can be a revealing if sometimes tedious exercise. A case in point is how reporters Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig, who are both more than likely represented by the News Media Guild in their jobs at the wire service, changed the tone of their second report following the rejection by employees at…

UAW Fails to Organize Tenn. VW Plant; AP Report Calls Loss 'Devastatin

February 15th, 2014 12:50 AM
Late news out of Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday night was that workers at that area's Volkswagen plant rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union. The opening paragraph at the 11:17 p.m. story filed by Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig at the Associated Press, both of whom are more than likely members of the News Media Guild, calls the result "devastating." Later…

The Business Press's Theme After the Markets Plunge Again: The Weather

February 3rd, 2014 11:53 PM
After opening the day at about the same level as Friday's close, the three major U.S. stock indices fell by over 2 percent Monday (DJIA, -2.08%; S&P 500, -2.28%; NASDAQ, -2.61%). About half of the rout took place in the first 30 minutes after the 10:00 a.m. release of two reports, one on manufacturing activity and the other on construction spending. The former, from the Institute for…

AP Writers' Headline and Intro Nearly Go Into Euphoria Over Nominal Ye

March 4th, 2013 11:55 PM
Readers here can attempt to fill in the blank, and will get to the the correct answer after the jump. In their coverage of U.S. vehicle sales in February, Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin at the Associated press, aka the Administration's Press, wrote the following in an item headlied "US AUTO SALES POWER AHEAD IN FEBRUARY": "Americans want new cars and trucks, and they're…

Not News: The Flat Big 3 and GM's (Election-Driven?) Channel-Stuffing

December 4th, 2012 5:46 PM
While it's not fair to criticize the press's coverage of November's vehicle sales as unfair or not balanced, it would be more than fair to say that the press is either ignoring or minimizing the impact of two important influences which have been at work all year. The first is the continued loss of combined market share at the industry's two US-headquartered makers, General…

AP 's Krisher Marks 2-Year Anniversary of GM's IPO by 'Forgetting' It

November 18th, 2012 11:58 PM
In a Friday report at the Associated Press on Friday with a celebratory headline ("2 YEARS AFTER IPO, GM IS PILING UP CASH"), Auto Writer Tom Krisher described bailed-out General Motors as "thriving," but didn't identify one of the important reasons for that characterization. In paragraphs about the company's profitability and cash stockpile, Krisher failed to note…

Never News: GM's Ongoing Tax Break From Uncle Sam, Continued Dealer Ch

August 3rd, 2012 12:53 AM
General Motors didn't have a very good second quarter, as the Associated Press's Tom Krisher duly noted on Thursday. What Krisher didn't note, and what almost no one in the establishment press ever notes, is the fact that the company doesn't have to pay any income taxes on its U.S. profits until it uses up losses carried forward from before its 2009 bankruptcy filing…

In Detroit's Big 3 Auto Talks, AP 'Forgets' GM and Chrysler Workers Ca

September 7th, 2011 11:57 PM
It's hard to figure out why Tom Krisher at the Associated Press bothered filing a report on the status of contract talks between Detroit's Big 3 automakers and the United Auto Workers. The only reason I can discern is that he wanted to brag about how he and his wire service pals have access to anonymously-sourced info about how the talks are going. Surprise: As has been the case almost…

AP Report on 'Disappointing' Car Sales Partially Blames Debt-Ceiling D

August 2nd, 2011 11:37 PM
Did you know that car buyers in July took "worries" over the debt-ceiling debate in Washington into account when they decided to buy -- or apparently decided not to buy? Neither did I. But Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher rolled out that excuse this evening as one factor explaining why July's car sales were "disappointing," and then appeared to stuff those words into the…

AP Goes Vague on GM's Akerson Aching For 'As Much As' $1 a Gallon Gas

June 8th, 2011 3:41 PM
Early Tuesday morning, David Shepardson and Christina Rogers at the Detroit News ("GM's Akerson pushing for higher gas taxes") reported that General/Multi-Government Motors CEO Dan Akerson "wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars." Later in the interview, Akerson was much more emphatic about what he…