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Fox Host Charges GM: You Sank My Dealership

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Between Carrie Prejean and Gretchen Carlson, it's been made clear this week that you don't want to piss off a beauty queen.

Prejean's been slagged this week in the press--but championed by Fox News for her stance on gay marriage, which in part got her removed as Miss California. Now, former Miss America Gretchen Carlson is using the Fox platform to tackle General Motors, which is in the process of closing thousands of dealers across the country as it downsizes and pushes for a speedy exit from Chapter 11.

Carlson's parents own a GM dealership in Minnesota that's being identified for closure, despite making money, Carlson says. This week, she's been in a full-court press to publicize (ethically or not, on the Fox morning show and other outlets) what she thinks is unfair closures of GM dealers, including the GM dealership owned by her family for 90 years.

Yesterday, Carlson appeared on co-Fox host Glenn Beck's evening talk show and said the GM moves were illegal. "It gets worse because by Friday (June 12) terminated dealers by GM have to sign what's called a wind-down agreement," Carlson said. "And if they don't sign it, they have a gun to their head - they will not get any warranties on any of the vehicles that are currently sitting in their lots, which the judge [FNC contributor Andrew Napolitano] tells me is illegal."

"Capitalism, some say, is being crushed," she said this morning on the Fox & Friends program.

What's a car company to do? Send out an equally attractive blond with business acumen and a valid counter-argument--in this case, Pontiac/GMC/Buick division chief Susan Docherty. As Carlson charged that GM said it would only terminate underperforming dealerships, Docherty explained rationally how GM had a four-point plan to shutter dealerships--dealerships that did not fit the company's targets for profitability, capitalization, customer service and sales effectiveness. To stay alive, Docherty said, dealers "needed to perform well in all four categories."

Carlson's counterpunch: what if GM management were held accountable in same categories? Why are profitable dealers being closed when they were "not asking for billions of dollars in handouts?"

"Take a look at what has happened in our industry," Docherty swung back. "Our industry has gone from being anywhere from 17 million, 18 million units annually to down to 9. Surviving in an environment where the industry has been cut in half requires all of us take drastic measures."

With a final jab, Carlson accused GM of both purging dealers in "an assault on private enterprise," and charged that GM CEO Fritz Henderson was influenced by Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) in choosing to delay the closing of a Massachusetts warehouse facility located in his district--all due to political influence.

Docherty's response: "I have no problem admitting on your program that there are no political favors going on here." Many dealers have appealed the GM closure process and 41 have convinced the company of their value, she added.

It's a classic macro- versus microeconomic argument--or is it populism versus pragmatism? Whatever the case, we're just glad to see two tough ladies battling on morning TV without having to tune into the USA Network.

Lagniappe: here's Carlson and 50 other "talented, progressive women" at the 1989 pageant. Note the aggressive use of polka dots:

 
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  1. Gretchen Carlson has every right to voice her opinion on Fox news. Regarding her parent's dealership, I know that these dealerships are a "pay as you go" plan and leaving them in place in no way decreases GM's "attempt" to take a monetarily loosing situation into a winning situation. Shares of GM go to UAW and US Government and like the Chrysler situation will dilute the shares of investors who paid good money with less than $0.20 on the dollar invested. I personally will boycott "Government Motors" and will actively voice my dismay over Obama's version of Socialism in America. They, General Motors, AIG, Bank of America, et.al. should have been allowed to go throught the same process we all went through in learning to walk. If we weren't allowed to fall on our bottoms, we'd have never learned to walk. If this had happened in the normal and natural way we would now be well on our way to recovery from this recession. I'll buy Ford products from hear on out and will encourage others to do so too.
     
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  2. She has a right to complain--but is she a reporter here or trying to keep her family's showroom open? It's conflict that wouldn't fly on a news program, they call F&F a talk show, but they're using news contacts and interviews to fudge the line. Bad form.
     
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  3. Gretchen clearly had an axe to grind and Susan was no grinding stone. She was asked tough questions in a fairly hostile interview and when she answered them thoughtfully and cogently she was cut off. Further as Susan answered the questions Gretchen felt a need to change the topic with a wide ranging round of zingers. Susan handled each zinger with rationale answers which obviously sent the segment into a tail spin. Fox had planned to make that a "Gotcha" interview and that is why they had built it up with teasers and when it didn't turn out as planned they apparently ended it early. Gee I wonder why Fox hasn't posted this interview on their website like they have all the other Gretchen rants? This confirms in my mind why if you want fair and balanced informative journalism you don't go to Fox. I wonder why NPR and most other reputable journalism organizations don't hire people whose biggest claim to fame is Beauty Pageant winner. Could it be because they don't always have the competence to structure a legitimate and credible interview?
     
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