Why don't reporters call the NADA and politicians out on their statements

Why don't reporters call the NADA and politicians out on their statements

I don't mean to rehash the the whole NJ thing but it really gets me that the NJ dealer association makes outlandish remarks and the reports just seem to go "..oh, ok we'll print that"

Why didn't any reporter call Christie out and ask him how is if there was no agreement with Tesla, then why were they issued a license to sell in the first place?

When the President of the NJ dealer group said that Tesla business model is not good for customers and highway safety, why didn't the press ask him what the hell high safety has to do with Tesla business model?
Then follow up with in the name of safety, how well did his dealership network handle the GM ignition issue?

Why don't they ask the NADA reps., how is it as they claim, that Tesla's business model is unfair to the customer. If a customer doesn't like the prices, the don't buy one. The NADA will tell you and has said that the dealer network is there to "protect the customer if the manufacturer goes bankrupt". Really? Tell me how that worked out for SAAB and Suzzuki owners?

I just get frustrated when no one in the press asks these self serving idiots to explain their remarks.

Ok, I am off my soap box.

DieAbetic | 21. März 2014

I agree. The answer is simple: money and greed.

jordanrichard | 21. März 2014

I know that is the real answer to my questions. I would like to know why the press isn't asking these questions.

ITSelectric | 21. März 2014

They're all afraid of these guys for some reason and none of them want to work hard to write a real story...just easier to type up the quotes rather than do any additional digging. Brutal!

Does anyone on here watch "The Newsroom" on HBO? Best show EVER in my opinion...talks about how news shows go for ratings above actually "doing the news"...sounds like a similar tale.

Captain_Zap | 21. März 2014

I hit the "rewind" button to hunt for a Tesla story on the evening news broadcasts. It looked like 90% of the ads were for cars or car dealers. It seems like that allotted time gets replaced by campaign ads during campaign season. Maybe the dealers loan out their air time space to anyone running for office.

The rest of the viewing day seems to be paid for by insurance companies, drug companies, scams, law firms and more auto manufacturers. "Energy" companies take up some of the prime time space to spin their ideas and projects.

Journalism and investigative reporting is virtually gone and replaced by shootings, car chases, car jackings, outrageous op-ed talk shows, phony reality TV and voyeuristic paparazzi TV.

It is a shame. Our country's foundation was built based on the concept that journalism would not be bound by any individual, group or the government. | 21. März 2014

Journalism and investigative reporting is virtually gone and replaced by shootings, car chases, car jackings, outrageous op-ed talk shows, phony reality TV and voyeuristic paparazzi TV.

Isn't this the plot for Anchorman 2? :)


CT-Greg | 21. März 2014

For a long time now the job of the media has been more about bringing eyeballs to advertisers than informing the reader/viewer. In light of that, observe how much of your TV, radio and print news advertising comes from auto dealers.

Captain_Zap | 21. März 2014

@ O

I guess I'll have to watch it.

bb0tin | 21. März 2014

Stepping onto my soapbox. I do not consider the lack of calling people out on falsehoods is limited to journalism. Most people are the same in their private, public and professional lives. We live in world where opinion is often considered equivalent to fact. We live in a world where it is thought better to leave a known falsehood unchallenged rather call it out as such. Whether it is your boss telling you the timeline for a project completion which you know is unachievable, your friend telling you something as fact which you know is false, or a poster on a forum expressing oft-debunked rubbish, the general practise is to not challenge the falsehoood. The media are just people like us. Until we behave the way we would like the media to behave, we should only blame ourselves. Stepping down again.

renwo S alset | 21. März 2014

An older lady said to me today "It's just terrible that Tesla has been banned from selling cars. That's just unfair."
Another "fact" brought to you by today's media.

Dwdnjck@ca | 21. März 2014

Why are prescription drugs advertised so much on the news? Control the message..

Brian H | 21. März 2014

It's incomprehensible to the dealers that customers would actually buy cars (much less, buy more!) without a salesman to double-talk them into it. They jest dung git it!

bish | 21. März 2014

It's protectionism at it's worst. The law should be amended, not enforced. It would be very easy to fix if the politicians wanted to. The worst part is that Christie says there is nothing he can do about it. And yet it was all of his appointees that passed it into law. Christie missed an opportunity to really show that supports free enterprise, and not just pay lip service to it.

Baribrotzer | 21. März 2014

@ the OP:

Because any politician worth his campaign contributions knows how to play hardball with the press. Just try asking an awkward question, one that Senator So-and-so or Governor Whatsit doesn't have a glib answer for, Or one where where his glib answer disagrees with the facts. Just try it - and see how fast you're never called upon again, how fast you lose your press pass to official press conferences, and how fast somebody's generous, deep-pocketed campaign contributors quit advertising in your paper.

And Christie is Mr. Hardball himself - that's why people voted for him.