White House Gets Ford to Pull Anti-Bailout TV Ad
12:59 PM, Sep 27, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Ford has pulled a TV ad that took shots at companies that benefited from federal government's auto bailout "in response to White House questions," reports Daniel Howes at the Detroit News. "Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy [Ford] CEO Alan Mulally repeatedly supported in the dark days of late 2008, in early '09 and again when the ad flap arose," Howes writes.
The ad in question, which Ford has removed from YouTube (Update: Ed Morrissey writes: "Actually, it appears that Ford deleted the ad and then reposted it on Friday, for some reason, where it now has only 305 views."), featured a car buyer named Chris who is asked why he bought a Ford. "I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," he said. "I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That's what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta' pick yourself up and go back to work. Ford is that company for me."
Update: A copy of the ad may be viewed here:
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