By the Left Coast Rebel
Ford's provocative bailout ad (that we wrote about here) has been pulled, scrubbed from the net, vaporized; it's as if it never existed...
This doesn't come as any surprise given just how effective the ad was and by that measure how bad it makes the looters in the White House look.
Nevertheless I found the Ford bailout video in a roundabout way; someone taped a Fox News segment that plays the ad (starting at 1:20):
Apparently the White House pressured Ford Motor company to pull it and Ford folded under the pressure.
From Detroit News:
With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can't have that.
The ad, pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.
I can only imagine the discourse that took place behind closed doors. After all, Obama and Co. essentially own and operate
Can't have that.
Can't make Dear Leader look bad -- even one little lowly commercial during Obama's "Titanic" fight-for-his-life reelection effort.
Shame on you, Ford: Now step in line. You know your place, you can't survive without us.
Crony capitalism, corporate fascism...
UPDATED: Shikha Dalmia, writing at Reason.com:
President Obama had assured everyone that just because GM and Chrysler got close to $100 billion in government money didn’t mean that the government would start bullying the companies to do its bidding. But evidently bullying their rivals that didn’t take government money is just fine.
Ford’s campaign to sell cars has to yield to the president’s campaign to sell himself. How is that for free enterprise and free speech in America?