Daniel Gross with Yahoo! Finance offers a good explanation of why the controversy over Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad is bogus — especially complaints from Karl Rove and other Republican operatives.
Here’s an excerpt: “Let’s review the record. Chrysler was run into the ground by Cerberus, a private equity company controlled by Stephen Feinberg, a major contributor to Republican candidates. When push came to shove in late 2008, Feinberg, a billionaire, chose not to use his own resources or those of his fund to meet Chrysler’s vast financial obligations. So in early 2009, the Bush administration, for which Karl Rove worked, used funds from the TARP, a piece of legislation the Bush administration proposed and that was supported by Republican Congressional leaders, to help Chrysler. … “
That sound you heard a few days ago were jaws dropping in newsrooms all over Knoxville when a certain political TV ad began airing.
For years the Pilot PR machine has bashed anyone in the local media who was foolish enough to describe the business founded by James A Haslam II, the company’s powerful and politically connected chairman, as a truck stop operator.
The hammer has come down hard on those who dared utter “Pilot” and “truck stop” in the same sentence. It’s travel centers. Repeat: travel centers. Don’t make that mistake again.
Which makes one wonder how the TV spot ever saw the light of day.