The made-for-TV-cameras rally put together by a public relations firm -- the first of at least two by the Detroit Three and the United Auto Workers -- garnered about 20 reporters, including 9 TV crews. Organizers conducted about 25 radio interviews as they sought to push the message that a rival fuel economy bill that gives automakers more time and is less severe would improve gas mileage but not at the expense of auto jobs...During the 30-minute rally, a group of three Boy Scouts, a Girl Scout and a scoutmaster piled out of a Ford Expedition to demonstrate ways Americans need larger vehicles -- i.e. on camping trips, said Jeff Kunst, 52, a scoutmaster from Troop 697 in Lowell, Ind.
What amazing bullshit. Rather than calling for more environmentally-friendly cars, which are selling like hotcakes in the USA, the UAW is being used by the Detroit Three as propaganda stooges to fight against a strong miles-per-gallon standard.
We are reminded of Edward Bernays' greatest stunt, the Torches of Freedom (1929), when Lucky Strike hired models, dressed as Suffragettes, to rally demanding the freedom of cigarettes.