The New York Times Goes Fishing for an Anti-SUV Story, And Lands One

March 21, 2006

Maybe you’re wondering, as is TCC, if the pile-on with full-size SUVs has reached a fervor pitch—or if we in the media aren’t contributing to the latest pendulum swing in anti-SUV hysteria. We know where we stand—and we know now where the New York Times stands too, as if there were much question. Check out today’s story on the people trading “Hummers for Hondas” and you’ll detect the faint odor of a pre-programmed story with quotes that fairly leapt into the reporter’s hands. To wit:

David Katz, who owns an interior design firm in Seattle, traded in his 1999 Ford Explorer last year to help buy a Lexus 400H, the hybrid-electric version of the RX sport utility. "I was sitting at my desk, ruminating about the crisis in the Middle East and what I could do personally to use less fuel," Mr. Katz said.

To its credit, the Times has reported on the latest hybrids and how they can fail to meet the fuel-economy hype—of which the RX400h is a prime example. But we’re left wondering, wasn’t the SUVOA available for a manufactured quote, too? We do give props, though, for making the Honda Element – HUMMER H2 connection we made back in 2003.

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