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ABC Gets Flamed Over Two Seconds of News Footage on Toyota Recalls

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 11th 2010 9:01PM
The speedometer from ABC News' report on accelerating ToyotasTwo seconds may not seem like much in the real world (in fact, there's two seconds you'll never get back right there). In TV, however, it can mean an eternity (there goes another two seconds).

ABC News has admitted that footage from Brian Ross' report on recalled Toyota and their sudden acceleration problems contained a misleading shot of a speedometer.

Ross and Southern Illinois University professor David Gilbert went for a ride in a Toyota to recreate the supposed electrical failure that causes the sudden acceleration. Footage of the speedometer's needle spiking was actually taken when the car was idle and not while the car was in motion.

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I believe those slamming ABC are the same as those making killer cars. Toyota would love the public to believe they are the victim. Well wake up Toyota you made deathtraps and now you have been caught in your own web of deceit, and corruption. Face the music Toyota, are you ready Maestro,....one two three, let the music play.

March 13 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tachometer, not speedometer.

And to the contrary, ABC does /not/ admit the clip is misleading; they maintain that it is an accurate representation of what happens when the problem occurs.

According to ABC the tachometer behaved in this way during all the test runs that they did. However, the shots taken while the car was moving were not useable due to excessive camera vibration, so they took a shot of the tachometer surging while the car was not moving to substitute for the shaky footage.

Still a stupid thing to do. At the very least the shot should have been labeled "Recreation", with perhaps a voiceover explaining why they needed to do so. If ABC is smart they'll post the original footage and put the whole matter to rest.

March 12 2010 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ABC wouldn't get in so much trouble if it stuck to covering real news -- like The Bachelor.


March 11 2010 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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