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Old 04-02-2009, 12:25 PM
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AOL posted: 34 MINUTES AGO (April 2) -- It was supposed to be an April Fool's joke: a report on Car and Driver magazine's Web site that President Barack Obama had ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition for receiving federal bailout funds.

Not everyone got the prank, and it set off a storm of controversy that led Car and Driver to pull the item. But that was hours later, after critics of Obama pounced on the news, blasting the president for over-reaching

On her celebrity blog, Sandra Rose wrote this: "Just when we thought we could take a breather from Barack Obama’s wacky policies, he reached across the Atlantic today to drop another one on us: the White House today announced that GM and Chrysler’s participation in NASCAR racing must end at the end of the 2009 season."

And liberal-hater Ann Coulter mentioned the item in her column Wednesday on the Obama administration's demand that the head of General Motors resign (which really did happen). If you check out her column, you'll find the NASCAR reference inthe 17th paragraph.

Skip over this content Over at the Orlando Sentinal's Web site, blogger Steven Cole said he recognized the hoax instantly -- and indicated surprise that so many people fell for it.
"My first thought: Geez, am I the only one with a calendar? It's April? April 1?" he wrote in his NASCAR Nuts & Bolts blog. "Second thought: The story contained direct quotes from the president of the United States. As far as I know, [Car and Driver writer] Jared Gall, a guy I like and respect, has never been to a NASCAR race. So the president spoke exclusively to Jared?"

As the "news" of the president's order spread, Cole said he received questions about the incident from ESPN, Sirius radio and three PR people.

Car and Driver pulled the fake story, but you can see a cached version of it here. That version, from midday on April Fool's Day, tucked the following text under the headline: "THIS IS A JOKE. LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE."
USA Today reported that Denny Darnell, who handles public relations for Dodge's motor sports program, was disgusted by the prank.

"I've been in this business more than 30 years and I have never seen a story so irresponsible," he said in an e-mail.
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More than anything it is an indictment of how crappy media report is(n't) -- none of the media outlets -- NONE OF THEM verified the source of that story. Car N Driver posted it so it must be true -- they all picked it up and ran with it. Idiots.

It was one of the best April Fools jokes in years.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
It was one of the best April Fools jokes in years.
Indeed it was. Especially if you live where I do.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
More than anything it is an indictment of how crappy media report is(n't) -- none of the media outlets -- NONE OF THEM verified the source of that story. Car N Driver posted it so it must be true -- they all picked it up and ran with it. Idiots.

It was one of the best April Fools jokes in years.
What was really funny was that C&D prefaced the story as an April Fools joke. It just goes to prove that most people simply do not read.

What's really going to be funny is when Obama makes this announcement for real and people think it's another joke. Quite frankly, it wouldn't surprise me one bit. One thing is for sure, the days of going to the dealer showroom to buy a car like the one that won Sunday's race have been gone for a long, long time. I honestly don't know why they keep calling it stock car racing.
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Originally Posted by Freeebird View Post

I honestly don't know why they keep calling it stock car racing.

It has degraded into a merry-go-round of cars covered in advertising. It's all about advertising.
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Why is it ok for the government to severely restrict "bonuses" but not ok for it to dictate that "fluff" be eliminated from a bailed out company?

I think eliminating Nascar participation is a great money saving idea. I have ZERO interest funding left hand turn racing.

Christ I think I agree with Eyeball on this one.
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It's funny how fast people are to believe anything they read. Although from a source like them, I might think its real for a minute too.

Imagine what would happen if the media announced that the econmy is recovering, stop being so afraid, and it's OK to spend a little money.
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things would get better real fast then crash again because they would change the story just to mess with us. As for NASCAR and Bailout $$, I undeerstand a lot of what are call regular people enjoy it and so let the bailout money do some good here and support something regular people enjoy. Me I will go fishing and I don't think any bailout money will supprt that idea.
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Obama better not cancel thier involvement in nascar or he will see a new million man march in washington,the million redneck march.
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Kill everyone over thirty! JK
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Originally Posted by tka View Post

Obama better not cancel thier involvement in nascar or he will see a new million man march in washington,the million redneck march.

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