Resolved: There’s No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

From the Townhall Daily of about 45 seconds ago:

Michael Medved
Religion, Madness and Secular Paranoia

Why would a major corporation invest big money in a gratuitous insult of millions of potential customers who, according to the company’s own figures, represent a clear majority of the American public?

From Mediaweek, September 21st.:

Hannity to Pitch GM Car Give-Away
Katy Bachman

To stimulate consumer interest in its line of American-built cars, General Motors has turned to radio and Sean Hannity. Beginning Sept. 25, Hannity will serve as the spokesperson for GM’s You’re A Great American Car Give-Away, offering radio listeners the chance to pick and win one of five GM vehicles.

We’ll get our team of experts on it right away, Mr. Medved!


Comments: 26


Hehehe. American made cars are silly!
I guess we make good SUVs, if you’re into wasting money…


Thing is, if GM is looking for the most gullible people in the country to buy up their gas-guzzling inventory, who better to target than Hannity fans?


They ought to sign up Hannity’s bud Alan Colmes for the “You’re an American-hating Terrorist-lover Car Give Away (Explosives Not Included),” to ensure covering the entire spectrum of potential customers.


One ancillary benefit of the Foley scandal is the fact that Denny Hastert’s mug is all over the TV all the time. That fat, disgusting old fart just LOOKS like the archetype of a bloated, corrupt politician. He looks like a 19th-century political cartoon come to life.


Didn’t Anita Bryant used to pitch for GM?

You know, there’s a reason that the stereotype of “traditional American values” involves being a racist, sexist homophobe.


Now I must write an angry letter to GM and tell them I will never buy one of their car, trucks, or other vehicles. Of course, I would have never bought one before because they are overpriced and unreliable, but this just seals the deal.


‘Like a Rock’ Indeed. You need a head like a rock to be foolish enough to buy any GM vehicle.

The best American cars are all Toyotas.

Notorious P.A.T.

We all know that Hannity only attaches his name to quality products:

PS–you don’t have to be a madman to be a religious fundamentalist, but it helps


Methinks this is a clever first step toward bankruptcy protection. After getting lambasted for using mini-fascists to sell their heaps, they will cry foul and go into ad-rehab, saying they were forced to be stupid.


From Meddie:

On the Keith Olbermann “Countdownâ€? show on MSNBC, the shrill leftist Chris Hedges…

He said “shrill”! Everybody drink!


Real. Dumb. Move. By a company that’s made making dumb moves into a business model since about 1981. I’m a “buy American”* sort of person, and a very loyal GM buyer — never bought a non-GM new car. And I’m looking for a new car. . . . Perhaps it won’t be GM this time around. Hannity . . . what, wasn’t Rush available, or Ann Coulter (probably drives a German car). What fucking idiots! Given that a the mainstay of GM’s buyers are bluue collar, often unionized people who tend democratic (at least in UAW-rich Michigan), this seems like a real bad idea. But, then again, you have to try hard to get bad ideas at GM–it’s a requirement.

*Pretty open to definition these days, to be certain, but to me it means made in North America by unionized workers. The Japanese, German and Korean plants carefully select “right to work” states, fire union organizers and hire only anti-union employees. As a result, I won’t buy their products. Of course, I also live in Lansing, MI, which is a GM town, and come from a GM-UAW family.


I always thought “Like A Rock” meant “it’ll only move if you roll it downhill.”


My last three cars have been Mitsubishi, Porsche and Nissan. And I don’t watch network television. So who cares – knock yerself out, boyz…


Nancy in Detroit

I worked in program management at GM for 3 years (contract employee, not direct hire). It was quite the cluster fuck. From what I know of this Hannity-person, he fits right in.


50,000 trouble-free miles on my 2002 Chevy Blazer, and here I was thinking about trading it in on a new model, until I read this news about their using Hannity as a shill for their cars. Sorry, GM, but I’ll be giving Toyota my money this go-around. (A sentiment I’ve already expressed in a letter to GM’s public relations department.)

It’s not much, but it’s the least I can do.


What a strange criticism by Medved. Random House is a publishing conglomerate which actually serves the “marketplace of ideas” concept. Aside from publishing Medved himself, they also published Coulter’s Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism and in 2007 will publish Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: The Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton under their DoubleDay imprint. Seems like those tomes just might have been considered book-length gratuitous insults by some, but I’m only guessing.


I ventured onto hannity’s site to check this out. Here’s “How to Play:”

-Click on the GM vehicle you would like to win (Pontiac, Saturn, or Saab)
-Enter your user information (register)
-Say what you like about the vehicle (um, it’s free if I win?)
-Torture yourself…erm, “Listen to Sean Monday-Friday to see if you are one of the 3 daily qualifiers”
-If you hear your name, you have until 6 AM EST the next day to email the show and confirm you heard your name called
-Torture yourself again…um, “Listen again the following Monday to see if Sean announces your name as the Grand Prize Winner of the vehicle.”

Here’s why they think this is a good idea (from their Sept. 19th press release):

As someone who buys American and is connected to its pulse, the partnership with GM is a natural fit for Hannity. “GM has always represented what America is about; hard work, outstanding values and of course commitment to excellence,� said Hannity. “I have tremendous respect for GM and their outstanding team. This is a huge win for listeners and for radio.�

The contest employs an integrated, multi-platform strategy, using radio and Hannity’s website,, which has 28 million page views a month.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Sean Hannity’s audience to experience GM’s great line-up of cars, trucks and SUVs. It’s great that the winners get to choose the vehicle they win, but it will be a difficult choice when you’ve got everything from Corvettes to Cadillacs,” said Mark LaNeve, GM North America Vice President, Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing.


So really they’re just so hard-up for sales that they are trying to mine Hannity’s audience. Imagine the glorious spamming opportunities once they have collected all those people’s registration information.


Never sign up for an online sweepstakes. In fact, never sign up for any sweepstakes, ever. They are all about collecting your information so they can sell you shit. That’s all it’s ever about.


Medved’s just jealous of Sam Harris, because Harris is a real intellectual who can get published by a real publishing house and not just Regnery.


Over 200,000 miles on my 1984 Honda Civic. Still gets over 36 MPG on the highway.

The problem with Detroit is they figure that everyone on the country wants to buy a new car every 4-5 years, because that’s when the bottoms rust out in Michigan. They build the whole car to only last as long as the first parts to rust out.

In California, corrosion’s not a problem, so the car’s just getting broken in in 4 or 5 years. That’s when you see the quality problems in parts like the transmission, etc. in American-made vehicles.


So, is Medved planning on giving Knopf there money back? I mean If they’re an evil, Libre-Commie oragnization, (despite the fact that by his own admission they also publish, Coulter, Barnes and himself) then he really shouldn’t be accepting their filthy god-hating lucre should he?


Toyota Prius, great car…can’t wait for the price to come down.


So really they’re just so hard-up for sales that they are trying to mine Hannity’s audience.

Do not doubt the power of the floor-humping demographic. Those idiots will buy anything.

Nancy in Detroit

Toyota Prius, great car…can’t wait for the price to come down

Can you even find one? I’ve been car shopping for about a week and am beginning to think the Prius is a myth.


If you don’t mind driving to the Tri-Cities area (Hanford), there’s no waiting list:

Look for the glow…

Smiling Mortician

FWIW, I love my Mini Cooper. Affordable, efficient, cuter than kitty tits.


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