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  1. Ted Craig says:

    I have to disagree. The Detroit News coverage included plenty of skepticism.

    A few key quotes:

    “Ford and the Detroit auto industry have a history of expelling outsiders the way the human body expels foreign objects.” – Daniel Howes, pg. 1.

    “Despite Alan Mullaly’s solid track record and sucessful turnaround at Boeing Co., Wall Street analysts say the newly appointed Ford Motor Co. chief will face obstacles unfamiliar to the aerospace industry as he enters the automotive industry’s far more competitive landscape.” – lede to sidebar on pg/ 4A by Josee Valcourt.

    On the next page, Sharon Terlap and Louis Aguilar write about employee reaction. While the headline puts too positive a spin on the story, the actual article includes quotes like this from line worker Walter Johnson: “I don’t know what to think. I don’t know the man, I never heard of him, but I know a lot of these changes – I don’t see any of them doing any good. Every move seems like it’s meant to make the union weaker. Either we give or they threaten to move down South.”

    The main story may have been somewhat tepid, but the overall coverage was very good. Fair and balanced as they say at Fox.

    And by the way, Mulally driving a Lexus IS a big deal. Maybe not in New York City, where Mr. Fuchs lives, but here in the Detroit area, where I was born and raised, it is huge.

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