The GM ad controversy made it to radio this morning on th CBC (Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation)'s early midmorning show, The Current, hosted
by Anna Maria Tremonti.
Here's a link to a page containing an archive of the programme with a
clickable link to a RealPlayer file of the relevant segment of the show
(about half-way down the page):
Here's the blurb for this portion of the show, copied from the page
linked to above:
The Current: Part 2
GM Transit Ads
General Motors has had PR problems ever since Michael Moore made a
bogeyman out of former GM Chairman Roger Smith in his documentary,
Roger and Me. Car buyers might love GM's gas-guzzling SUVs, but to
environmentalists, the auto giant is public enemy number one. When
Environmental Defence Canada drew up its list of the ten most
environmentally unfriendly passenger vehicles on the road, six were
made by GM.
Now GM has run head-on into public opinion with an ad campaign in a
Vancouver newspaper that outraged public transit advocates and bus
riders alike. Among other things, the ads suggested that Vancouver's
buses are filled with "creeps and weirdos."
Harry Gow is the founder and former president of Transport 2000 ... a
transit-user consumer group. He joined Anna Maria from Ottawa.
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