Mega Millions Winner to Associated Press: DROP DEAD

A company man after all:

In an April 3 story about Mega Millions winner David Sneath, The Associated Press reported erroneously Sneath’s comment about what kind of a car he would buy. He didn’t say he would not buy a Ford product. His correct quote was: –I worked for Ford Motor Company. I won’t be buying a foreign product.”

Emphasis Murdoc’s. AP misquoted Sneath.

I’d call that a major “ooops.”

But don’t worry. All the rest of their reporting is spot-on.

My own post registered on the Google Finance page for Ford for most of the weekend, though it’s gone now. Nice.


  1. With regard to my earlier post regarding the fact that Ford made tanks and weapons that helped us beat the Japanese in WW2, my point was not to rubber stamp any behavior after that contribution to our war effort, regardless of the fact that war was started in a dishonorable attack by the Japanese, but that because the Ford plants existed, they were available to help our war effort. You think you’ll get the same from a Lexus factory? Good luck. And you don’t think that the Japanese devalue their currency on the world market to give a competitive advantage to their industries? Yeah, it’s all free markets. I guess they’re just smarter than us stupid ‘mericans. You love this country, you just hate Americans? I’m trying to see the logic.

    Dingell, Levin and two other congressmen said that a weak yen had helped Japanese automakers increase their exports to the United States by more than 30% in 2006. Detroit automakers and their congressional allies say the yen bestows up to a $4,000-per-vehicle benefit for Japanese automakers. … Last month at the auto show in Detroit, Bob Lutz, GM’s head of global product development, said: ‘It is my considered opinion that Toyota has more clout in Washington than GM.’ – Detroit Free Press

  2. I’m not totally sure how a weak yen bestows a benefit on foreign-brand factories located in the US, but ok… And I do find it funny how they neglect to mention added cost of union pensions, health care, and work rules – around $1500 or so per vehicle, IIRC – for the Big Three. (Hourly wages are actually quite comparable, but the non-union labor force foreign companies aren’t paying defined benefit pensions and massive legacy health care costs for their retirees imposed by retirement schema designed in the 1950s.)

  3. What’s a ‘foreign’ car? A Nissan made in Tennessee, a Honda made in Ohio, a Ford made in Mexico or Chevy from Canada? I buy cars I like and believe will hold together – Ford’s doesn’t do it for me on either.

  4. I’m reasonably happy with my 12 year old Ford. There are some noises but so far nothing has fallen off or broken horribly. I don’t know if the newer vehicles are any good though. I’d rather buy a Japanese-designed car next, just because I think they’re generally better value for money overall and a bit more reliable. However I’m not going to get rid of this Ford until I have much more serious problems with it than I have had so far…

  5. Bram, Oh, keep going- parts made in south Asia, partially assembled in Mexico, finished in an American factory by Korean robots designed in Japan…? I don’t buy Fords or GMs anymore. Once you go Jap, you don’t go back.

  6. Yeah, HL, they ‘build’ those cars right here in the good ol’ US of A. I built a car in my driveway just the other day. It was missing the hood emblem. I almost broke a sweat.

  7. I bet a Ford would have better reliability if they got a $4000 head start. It’s all about ‘free markets’ though. Yeah, it has nothing to do with our government officials being ‘for sale’. Just ask Hillary, she’ll tell you…