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Humble in Public, Vindictive in Private

ABC News’ Brian Ross is a true journalist. He doesn’t just read the news. He goes out and finds it. He was one of the first reporters on the runaway Toyota’s story, and has dug in to find the facts rather than just relying on what others say in “he said, she said” journalism. For instance, he found out that Southern Illinois University Professor¬†David Gilbert had examined the acceleration issue and shown that Toyota was wrong in claiming runaway acceleration could not occur without generating error codes, and that brakes would stop a runaway vehicle. Ross and Dr.¬†Gilbert demonstrated this on the ABC Nightly News.
Toyota’s U.S. and Japanese presidents appeared before Congress humbly, promising that they want nothing more than for the facts to come out. But recently Brian Ross reported that Toyota has been pulling its ads from ABC stations, apparently to punish ABC for its reporting. This can only fuel suspicion that Toyota is talking about candor, but engaging in cover-up.
- Stuart Ollanik
ABC News, The Blotter from Brian Ross, “Runaway Toyotas”

Two Judges Refuse to Seal the Record in Toyota Document Discovery Abuse Case, Product Liability Blog Nov. 17, 2009
What was Toyota Doing About Unintended Acceleration Five Years Ago?, Product Liability Blog Mar. 23, 2010

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