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Old 03-17-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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The first time I saw Scott Burgess’s review of the Chrysler 200, I very nearly posted a screengrab of the headline to TTAC as a conversation-starter. Why? Because when a Detroit automaker re-launches a worked-over vehicle in a crucial segment and then hypes it with a Detroit-boosting Super Bowl ad, the local paper just doesn’t go and slam the car in question. In fact, it’s rare to ever see a negative review of a Detroit-made vehicle in either the Detroit News or its sister paper the Detroit Free Press. Ultimately I decided against pointing out the DetN’s slam, as one headline does not a story make… unless, of course, it does. Jalopnik.com reports that Burgess has resigned from the Detroit News, and that a number of his bon mots have been excised from the online version of his 200 review. Lines like “regrettably, the 200 is a dog,” as well as his conclusion that
It’s vastly improved, but that’s only because it was so horrendous before. Hopefully, this car is a placeholder until the real redesigned 200 arrives – eventually.
The only thing this 200 proves is that good enough is never going to be good enough.
The Detroit News hasn’t yet commented on the story, but Jalopnik’s investigation creates a pretty damning case against the paper [Ed: for all we knock 'em, we have to acknowledge El Jalop's fine work here]. The DetN may have lost a huge amount of credibility by forcing out Burgess for daring to tell the truth, but this story will only help draw more awareness to the ugly reality that still defines too much of the automotive media. Painful incidents like this one will ultimately leave the automotive media more healthy for having forced writers to stand up for the truth.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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sad to see this stuff happen, but he will not be hunting for a job long, someone will come along wanting his truthfulness.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:48 AM   #3
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lipstick on a pig. That sums up every single Chrysler product. Just kill it off and let dodge, and Jeep live.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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Truly pathetic in every way. Go America ...............
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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Nature of the business, the auto reviewer lives on the whim of the automaker who pays the bills and supplies the product to be reviewed.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:17 PM   #6
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Damn, I always liked reading his reviews as they were usually the most realistic reviews. The other idiot there just slams everything that's not merican' wit a big veee eyt.


Oh well, hopefully he moves on to greener pastures.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:05 PM   #7
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Truly pathetic in every way. Go America Italy ...............
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:50 AM   #8
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Under fire for its un-annotated edits to Scott Burgess’s Chrysler 200 Review, the Detroit News has reposted Burgess’s original review even as the departed critic confirmed that those edits were the reason for his departure. The NYT reports
“What we did was wrong because it was done at an advertiser’s request,” said Mr. Burgess, who had been at the paper since 2005. “I was ashamed I made the changes.”
Mr. Burgess said he first tendered his resignation on Monday, but was asked to reconsider. Susan Carney, business editor of The Detroit News, said his resignation was effective on Wednesday.
The episode marked the first time Mr. Burgess had been directed to alter a review due to a negative reaction — from an advertiser or otherwise. “There were plenty of times where I’d written reviews that people were upset about, but we never did what we did on Friday.”
Online changes were made without any notation that the piece was re-edited, which breaches accepted industry practice, said Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, a journalism training and advocacy center in St. Petersburg, Fla. “What happened gives the impression that content might be for sale, whether that’s real or perceived. And that will cause the erosion of trust in the newsroom.”
DetN business editor Susan Carney admits that the situation was handled “poorly.” Burgess will be appearing on AutoLine After Hours at 7 p.m. ET, and is likely to comment further on the story.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:25 PM   #9
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The problem with the Chrysler 200 is that it's just a restyling/freshening of the Sebring it replaces. It's not a fundamental redesign like Ford has been doing with the Exploder etc
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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Usually, I don't mind the automotive press being, to quote Bruce Wayne, a bunch of "sychophantic suckups." I mean, they don't usually have anything that important to cover. But this goes a bit too far, even from the normal crap they usually pull.

The auto media didn't invent selling out, but they sure revolutionized the field recently. You get 'comparison tests' where at the end they declare everyone a winner, some reviews where a company can do no wrong for no real reason, and others where a company can't do well, even when that's also for no reason.

They didn't even bother to put a note that it had been changed. I can see why he would be angry. I'm glad he resigned, and it's too bad that the place he left didn't have the dignity to use their editorial discretion in a more professional way.

If you read the original article, it's not like he didn't substantiate everything. For example, everyone who knows their product knows that chrysler is behind the curve on automatic transmissions for every vehicle that doesn't have a hemi. My STi-swapped saabaru got better gas mileage than my buddy's pt cruiser, and he didn't have a GT(he worked there, and got it virtually free).

tsk, tsk...
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It sounds like Burgess made the changes and then resigned after being called out for making the changes and not noting them. He sold out and got caught.
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Wonder what really transpired. Pandering to advertisers happens often, don't know how bad it is with the detroit papers, but it can be messy. Normally happens prior to print though...

Wonder if it was his re-write or the editor. Could easily see a resignation if it was rewritten under his name, and it wasn't his work.

The car stinks. Had one for a day or two - I've had minivans that performed better (acceleration/handling/mpg).
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Wonder what really transpired. Pandering to advertisers happens often, don't know how bad it is with the detroit papers, but it can be messy. Normally happens prior to print though...

Wonder if it was his re-write or the editor. Could easily see a resignation if it was rewritten under his name, and it wasn't his work.

The car stinks. Had one for a day or two - I've had minivans that performed better (acceleration/handling/mpg).
According to the quote above, he made the changes. Here are his exact words at least according to the article above.
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