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The 2011 Chevy Volt...

versus Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show host.
Talk show host also admits he recently took ad money from GM, despite criticism

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh on his conservative talk show released a barrage of harsh criticism towards General Motors and its electric vehicle superstar, the 2011 Chevy Volt.

Wasting no time after GM's press release of the completed Volt, its price, and pre-order info, Limbaugh aired a Wednesday broadcast saying the Volt was unviable and blamed President Obama for what he sees as the sad state of General Motors.

Despite recently turning a profit, Limbaugh claims GM is doomed.  He states, "Obama and the government are admitting nobody wants this."

Limbaugh says the price is too high and calls GM "Obama Motors", a slightly less used slur than the popular "Government Motors" line.  He says its just an excuse for Obama to pour $86B USD more into the auto industry.

While some may agree with his assessment of price, his commentary on the vehicle's operation indicated a lack of knowledge and/or confusion about its gas generator.  Limbaugh comments, "That 40-mile range has to include you getting home, and staying home three to four hours to charge the thing.  It's (a) 20-mile range."

Limbaugh said he didn't believe that the gas generator could really increase the range to 300 miles, while failing to cite any concrete evidence to back up his claims.  GM has assured the public that the gasoline range (300 miles on a tank) is a safe estimate under virtually all conditions giving average driving habits (careful drivers may get better mileage, heavy footed ones may get slightly worse).  The battery range admittedly is variable depending on weather conditions and may be significantly better or worse under hot or cold weather.  

The talk show host last year attacked GM making comments that some listeners interpreted as a call to boycott the company (he later denied calling on a boycott).  He also has been a vocal critic of hybrids, though he did agree to test drive the upcoming electric Ford Focus on Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge.  Limbaugh received the slowest time, even getting beat by Drew Barrymore, thanks in part for his "accidental" collision with two Al Gore cutouts that formed markers on the race course.  

Despite his criticism of GM, Limbaugh admits he was more than happy to take GM advertising money.  He admits that last year he accepted ad money to promote the company's new car purchase incentives for workers who lost their jobs.  GM has been listed as a sponsor of his program in the past.

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RE: Mostly correct
By YashBudini on 8/1/2010 12:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well if you can explain why it's OK for the pot to call the kettle black, but not the reverse, then I'd be more than happy to hear it.

In the mean time perhaps you would prefer that the "fair and balanced" participants here continue their little private McCarthy-ism with whatever doesn't suit their political views? No need to respond, you've already answered that question.

And I almost forgot - What just me? What about he horse I rode in on?

RE: Mostly correct
By tng on 8/1/2010 12:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
n the mean time perhaps you would prefer that the "fair and balanced" participants here continue their little private McCarthy-ism with whatever doesn't suit their political views?

Kinda speaks for itself doesn't it? While I will try to make comments based on technical detail or something connected to it, you typically jump right into the politics.

I personally don't care about your politics, but if you really can contribute some detail or question something on the tech, then I am happy to respond to it.

Personally, I don't really think that some of this stuff that is posted here on DT really qualifies as "Tech". Maybe it is loosely connected..... but, sometimes it is just to much for people to stop themselves, you included Yash.

RE: Mostly correct
By YashBudini on 8/1/2010 1:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
A reasonable response, rare as it is.

Should anybody keep the witch burners in check?

RE: Mostly correct
By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 2:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
no, because in the bible it says they should be burned, or was it stoned, or or or.....

magic man told them to kill witches, and gays, and jews, and Muslims and and and well and pretty much anybody who dosnt agree with them....humm sounds like the same thing that magic man also supposedly told the Islamic extremists......WOOT they have something on common they are all idiots!!!

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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