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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Seton Motley's GM Derangement Syndrome
Topic: NewsBusters

We recently caught former Media Research Center director of communications Seton Motley -- who refused to accept responsibility for his inflammatory and just plain dumb attacks while at the MRC -- making numerous misleading claims about General Motors' sales. Motley strikes again in a July 16 NewsBusters post peddling even more false claims about GM.

Motley declared that "The Press is at every turn covering up - rather than covering - the serial failures of President Obama's signature vehicle," the Chevy Volt. As Media Matters points out, the Volt was in development well before Obama became president.

Media Matters also debunks several other false and misleading claims Motley makes -- for instance, his assertion that the "Volt fire problem remains unsolved." In fact, regulators concluded an inquiry into the Volt after finding it was just as safe as conventional cars, that the three fires associated with Volts had occurred after extreme crash tests, and GM voluntarily offered to make the cars even safer by reinforcing the battery pack.

Why is the MRC allowing Motley to blog at NewsBusters when he cares much more for hurling mean-spirited invective and false attacks than about the truth? Or did we just answer our own question?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 PM EDT

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