Limbaugh Annihilated for Lying, Cluelessness, Being Un-American by an Unusual Source: Motor Trend Magazine

photo-voltWhen you consider that Republicans in the Senate are set to kill the START treaty — which would, among other things, enable tracking down and securing of loose nukes and thus make the world a safer place — not on principle but solely for the partisan political purpose of denying a diplomatic success for Pres. Obama, it is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh went to great lengths to try to undercut an honor recently given GM’s new Chevrolet Volt.

What sticks in the craw of Republicans like Limbaugh is the fact that the Obama administration’s bailout of GM has been a resounding success. They can’t stand the fact that just this month, GM — which Limbaugh and his ilk sneered at as “Government Motors” after the bailout was announced — marketed its first IPO since the federal government saved it from extinction.

(And it must kill them to know that at least one of their party’s foreign funders couldn’t resist buying into the IPO. Muslim Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, who owns a $2.3 billion stake in News Corp., the parent company of the GOP Fox channel, invested $500 million in GM to buy a 1 percent share of its stock, according to the Wall St. Journal, which he and News Corp. also own.)

But what really has Limbaugh freaking out is the fact that the Volt has been named Motor Trend’s 2011 Car of the Year, a prestigious award from a reputable, nonpartisan and unassailable authority. In Limbaugh’s dark world, nothing that reflects well on the president can be permitted to stand. Even if the honor otherwise celebrates American ingenuity and know-how, if it benefits Barack Obama, no matter how indirectly, it can not be allowed to go untarnished.

So it is not a surprise that upon learning about the Motortrend award, Limbaugh rushed to his microphone and unleashed a particularly vile screed, smearing GM, the Volt, energy conservation, Motor Trend and, of course, the president with lies, disinformation and Republican propaganda.

What is surprising is how vigorously and aggressively Motor Trend has responded to Limbaugh’s lies and spin. Here’s a perhaps too-lengthy excerpt from the column by Todd Lassa titled, Rush to Judgment:

You’ve made two king’s ransoms by convincing legions of dittoheads to tune into you every day. I wonder, do you ever ride in anything that’s not German or Anglo-Saxon? Do you have any idea how powerful IG Metal is, and of the size of Germany’s social safety net?

You said, “Folks, of all the cars, no offense, General Motors, please, but of all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold. The Volt is the Car of the Year.”

So, Mr. Limbaugh; you didn’t enjoy your drive of our 2011 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Volt? Assuming you’ve been anywhere near the biggest automotive technological breakthrough since — I don’t know, maybe the self-starter — could you even find your way to the front seat? Or are you happy attacking a car that you’ve never even seen in person?

Last time you ranted about the Volt, you got confused about the “range,” and said on the air that the car could be driven no more than 40 miles at a time, period. At least you stayed away from that issue this time, but you continue to attack it as the car only a tree hugging, Obama-supporting Government Motors customer would want…

Back to us for a moment, our credibility, Mr. Limbaugh, comes from actually driving and testing the car, and understanding its advanced technology. It comes from driving and testing virtually every new car sold, and from doing this once a year with all the all-new or significantly improved models all at the same time. We test, make judgments and write about things we understand.

Chevrolet has not sold one Volt because it’s not on sale yet. It will not sell 10,000 this first model year (although GE plans to buy truckloads for its fleet), because it takes time to ramp up production. See, Rush, because we’re the World’s Automotive Authority, we get access to many cars before they go on sale.

But, harrumph. In its attempt to force cars that don’t use much gas on us — how un-American/un-ExxonMobil/un-Halliburton is that? — the Obama administration is offering a $7,500 tax credit on the Chevy Volt, grabbing tax breaks and credits right out of the deserving, job-creating pockets of America’s richest individuals. How dare he?

This is another of your distortions, Rush, repeated by the otherwise more level-headed George Will in The Washington Post last Sunday. The $7,500 Obama tax credit is an expansion of President Bush’s hybrid credits from the last decade. The Obama tax credit extends to the new Nissan Leaf, too, but if you or Will slammed that car, I’ve not heard or read it. I’d be surprised if you did, though, as Nissan is building the Leaf in a non-union factory in a right-to-work state represented by two Republican senators. A factory located there because Tennessee offered Nissan big tax credits. Maybe you’re worried that if the $7,500 tax credit works, too many people will buy the Volt, and that could reduce the need for oil drilling tax credits?

GM designed the Chevy Volt after its failed experiment with the EV1, which was its attempt to respond to a California mandate. States rights, you know. While Toyota was developing, and eventually selling the hybrid Prius in ever-greater numbers, GM decided to move beyond the Prius-model with a new kind of technology that’s not quite plug-in hybrid, not quite pure electric.

It unveiled the Chevy Volt concept at the 2007 Detroit auto show. That means GM began working on it before the November 2006 elections, when the Republican Party had majorities in the House and Senate, before President Bush had signed a single veto. Bob Lutz, who famously decreed, “Global Warming is a crock of shit,” introduced the car two years before Bush gave GM its first bailout from TARP pocket change. This was two-and-a-half years before Obama’s Automotive Task Force forced GM into bankruptcy.

Sure, Toyota designed and built the Prius on its own, and no doubt lost billions of yen probably well into the second generation. Do you think Toyota did this without any Japanese government help?

Thanks to the recently unbridled ability of American and foreign big business to contribute unhindered to their favorite politicians — both Democratic and Republican — you don’t need to worry about rampant left-wing policy coming out of Washington any time soon.

You’ve made two king’s ransoms by convincing legions of dittoheads to tune into you every day. I wonder, do you ever ride in anything that’s not German or Anglo-Saxon? Do you have any idea how powerful IG Metal is, and of the size of Germany’s social safety net?

My esteemed colleague, Jonny Lieberman, got a copy of Will’s hit piece on the Volt, and responded thusly: “A bit of flag waving is in order – but instead, Will chooses to be a partisan clown and gets everything wrong.” You and Will don’t even worry about being un-American, anymore.

There is more at Motor Trend. Go read it. But here is the kiss-off at the end: “If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.”


  • Rocky Dennis
    November 23, 2010 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Well, this was a pick-me-up.

  • Rick S
    November 23, 2010 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Yeehaa! Motor Trend gives Rush a hemi.

  • Robert F.
    November 23, 2010 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Way to BE Motor Trend!

    Stick it to that fat, partisan, drug addicted slob. I’m sick of that idiots blathering about anything and everything. His ditto heads are even worse because they know even less about what Rush doesn’t know, yet believe they know it all because they heard part of what Rush was blathering about.

  • Jeff
    November 23, 2010 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    ‘A’ for effort, Motor Trend, but a waste of time. That’s just Rush being Rush. He never lets the facts get in the way of throwing red meat to the angry dittoheads.

  • Emiliano
    November 23, 2010 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Nice article that puts that amalgam of mucous and shit in its place.

  • November 23, 2010 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Proud of you Motor Trend! I’ll start buying and reading.

    And, Limburger (or whatever that feculence filled amoeba calls itself), I find little difference between it and anyother closet aidolph wanna-be. Yea it talks trash and licks the boots of the Repub elite.

  • November 23, 2010 - 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Chuck it up, chuck it up, Limbaugh – gonna shut you down!

    It just goes to show that you never know where intelligence is going to erupt when it is needed most. Congratulations, Motor Trend, for doing what the rest of the corporate media can’t seem to bring itself to perform: reporting factually in the face of propagandistic lies!

  • Mike
    November 23, 2010 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Loved this article. I know it will go completely over Rush’s head, but just perfect. I guess he is trying to piss off all of those who read Motor Trend like a bible. They know more about cars than he will ever know about anything, ever. And they do not give that award lightly and never have. You have to earn that with a great car and that is all there is to it.

  • oudiva
    November 23, 2010 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    You GO, Motor Trend! OOOOOH, it was fun to read that!

  • November 23, 2010 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Motor Trend!!! I was grinning through your entire response~ I especially loved the sign off, Oxycontin referral!!! Score!!! ^5!

  • November 23, 2010 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Good for Motor Trend, but Rush has and will never let anything like facts get in the way of being an a$$wipe.

  • Charlie
    November 23, 2010 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Unlike Limbag, GM actually produces something of value. Ole Rush will have Motor Trend’s GM honor to grouse about when he meets his buddy, losing U.S. Sen. Republican John “I made my money the old fashioned way, I inherited it” Raese at the All-Whitey Country Club in the coal fields of Palm Beach.

    I hope Florida enjoys their upcoming health care crook Governor, Rick “Fired by his own company’s board after billion-dollar-plus Medicare fraud fine” Scott.

  • Courtney
    November 23, 2010 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    He Probably couldnt fit in the front seat anyway!

  • Arbab Hussain
    November 24, 2010 - 12:00 am | Permalink

    “Muslim Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia”, Thanks for pointing out the Saudi prince was a Muslim. It would’nt have been the same if you had just said a “Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin..” He wouldnt have felt evil enough. Thank you Christian Jon Ponder.

    Muslim Arbab Hussain.

    • November 24, 2010 - 11:17 am | Permalink

      Arab Hussain – I’m not a Christian or an adherent to any Abrahamic tradition. My point is that Fox viewers generally hate Muslims but most are not aware that Fox is owned by a Muslim.

  • November 24, 2010 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    Motor Trend, you are now on the “hit list”, I hope you know. Good work. I respect your stand and backbone.
    Maybe the next car could be made in North korea and be named :”what-a-rush”
    With less than a two mile radius, it too would be a “big” disappointment.

  • Core
    November 24, 2010 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    I don’t know whether this car deserves any reward. I have a major problem with pointing to this vehicle and claiming the government bailout a success as a result. This car, with the tax credit, still sells above $40k. The income for people shopping the hybrid market in that price range is about $250k per year. Industry analysts stated the Volt is being sold at a loss for GM. Bailing out a car company to subsidize a vanity purchase by a yuppy making a quarter million dollars a year does not feel, sound or smell like something that should be rewarded.

  • Vicki
    November 24, 2010 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Wow, thanks for pointing out a thing that I did not know…Fox owned by a Muslim..Kinda makes you think DOESN”T IT?!

  • GarryInNola
    November 24, 2010 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    All this is easily explained. Rush is a Big Fat Idiot. In, fact, I think I’ll write a book and give it that title. Oh, someone already has?

  • Arbab Hussain
    November 24, 2010 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Atheist Jon Ponder – “My point is that Fox viewers generally hate Muslims…” really? source?
    Regardless of your faith I assumed you were a Christian just as you assume the Prince is a Muslim. (has he told you this?)

    News Corp is owned probably by hundreds if not thousands of others. Waleed owns 7% worth of News Corp which in turn owns Fox News. But you wouldn’t say it like it is because it dosent serve your purpose. Then if thats wasnt enough link it to what may or may not be his religion because hey muslims are evil and work for Fox News or them for us.

    • November 24, 2010 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Wrong again. I’m not an atheist. I personally don’t care if the prince is a Moonie, Scientologist or a Jehovah’s Witness. Fox’s programming is designed to attract bigots — people who hate blacks, Arabs, Muslims, gays, etc. It is funny therefore, that their favorite channel — this bastion of Muslim- and Arab-bashing — is owned by someone from at least two groups they hate. You should check out the facts. The prince owns a larger share of News Corp. than anyone who is not a member of the Murdoch family.

  • Sarastro
    November 24, 2010 - 8:03 pm | Permalink

    This just in: It is reliably reported that the cumulative sum of dittohead IQs is expected to pass 100 shortly before Jan. 1, 2011.

  • Arbab Hussain
    November 25, 2010 - 12:36 am | Permalink

    Jon – What facts do you want me to “check out”. The fact is some of you liberals will take any opportunity you get to bash Muslims just the same. As I said, the Saudi Prince holds 7% stock for News Corp which owns hundreds of other news publishing firms, TV channels, magazines and newspapers (including the National Geographic Channel and Hulu). One of those Channels is Fox News so any liberal who wants to take out his (justifiable) anger out on Fox News will go make this connection to a Muslim because you get extra points for evil for that nowadays.

    Waleed happens to own stock (as an international investor whose invested in hundreds of other corporations such as Apple and Motorola among others) of a company who owns Fox News among others. I am sure the bigots on Fox News KNOW how it is, obviously they don’t care if an Arab owns 7% of ITS owner, they are not affected by it. You portray it as if if the “Muslim” prince starts demanding Fox News to start praising extremists, next day we would be watching Osama Bin Ladin as an honored guest on Fox News.

    • November 25, 2010 - 7:06 am | Permalink

      The prince is the second largest shareholder in News Corp. You didn’t figure out my religion but you did nail the fact that I am a bigot. I hate mindless, irrational intolerance. I am particularly bigoted toward irrational intolerance in religion, which I find to be rampant in all the Abrahamic traditions, including Islam, particularly the way it is practiced in Saudi Arabia.

      What I adamantly support is the right of every citizen in this country to practice his or her religion, especially including Muslims. I’m on record as a supporter of the Park 51 center in my old neighborhood in New York — which your beloved prince has helped fund — and I am firmly on the side of Muslims who wish to build mosques wherever they live in the United States, including the South, where, as it happens, I grew up, and where I learned to be intolerant of irrational intolerance.

      In fact, I’m a liberal mostly because I was raised in the mainstream Southern Baptist Church in the 1960s, where we learned that there was nothing more important — more Christian — than human rights and social justice. Now the Southern Baptist Church has become a bastion of exactly the sort of irrational intolerance my grandparents’ Southern Baptist Church preached against.

      Fox has become the most powerful disseminator of propaganda and disinformation since the Soviets shuttered Pravda — which meant “Truth,” an irony that rivals Fox’s slogan, “Fair and Balanced.” Irrational intolerance is Fox’s stock and trade, and whenever I can I will goad Fox viewers by pointing out that their flag-wavin’, red-white-and-blue, God-fearin’, Christian-values promotin’ “news” channel is co-owned by a man whose ethnicity and religion they hate. If that is misinterpreted by Fox apologists as bigotry toward an oligarch whose regime subjugates its citizens in the name of Islam, I can live with that.

  • Jonas Kniger
    November 29, 2010 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

    What a bunch of hate mongers on this site! The volt and chevy is a joke – funded by unions for unions. They screwed the bond holders and how much does the union own of the company? Just wait the stock will take a dive.
    Mostof these comments should be removed by your own rules NOTE: Comments are moderated. Pensito Review reserves the right to eliminate spam, hate speech, personal attacks, abusive language and other objectionable material.

    But you can’t you do that it would deprive you of your commie audience! What a pathetic joke of a website!

    • Madison
      November 30, 2010 - 6:44 am | Permalink

      Jonas, Thanks for reminding us why you all are called “Dittoheads.” Do you have any facts to support your claims that the Volt and Chevrolet are “jokes” and that unions own GM that can be sourced to anyone but Rush Limbaugh, a notorious, serial liar? Also, Republicans used to say it was un-American to buy foreign cars like Toyotas and Mercedes-Benz. I guess now you think being un-American is cool — you know, because Rush is.

      Speaking of non-American, the co-owner of your party’s Fox propaganda channel, the Muslim prince, bought $500,000 in shares of GM, in large part because of Volt. If he’s an idiot, what does that make people who believe the bullshit his channel and Rush and the others spew 24/7?

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