One underreported aspect of the Republican opposition to saving Detroit was spotlighted on the CBS Evening News last Friday by correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. The CBS reporter observed that many southern senators have foreign car companies in their states, including BMW in South Carolina, and Honda and Mercedes in Alabama—the home state of Republican Richard Shelby, another leader of the fight to kill Detroit—so they actually have a vested interest in destroying the American car industry. That’s what they mean when they say “all politics is local.”


For more on the never-ending stonewalling and deception by NBC News over its connections to retired general Barry McCaffrey, here is FCP being interviewed by Bob Garfield for NPR’s On the Media.


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Charles Kaiser is the author of The Gay Metropolis and 1968 in America. He has been media editor for Newsweek, a member of the metro staff of The New York Times, and a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the press and book publishing. To learn more, visit