Just days after the New York Times promised to “rededicate” the paper to honest reporting, they’re up to their own tricks again. Just earlier today they ran a story headlined “Donald Trump Takes Credit for Helping to Save a Ford Plant That Wasn’t Closing” in Louisville, Kentucky. The catch? “Ford had not planned to close the Louisville factory. Instead, it had planned to expand production of another vehicle made in Louisville, the Ford Escape. And the change had not been expected to result in any job losses,” according to the Times.
Oh – and did we mention the Times is completely full of it? Yes, Trump technically oversold what happened when he said he stopped a plant from closing and moving to Mexico, but he did prevent some production from being set up in Mexico as opposed to domestically.
As Bloomberg reported yesterday: President-elect Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that he convinced Ford Motor Co. to keep production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle in the U.S. instead of moving it to Mexico. And the automaker doesn’t dispute that.
Ford builds the Lincoln MKC small SUV at its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky alongside the Ford Escape SUV. Ford had never said it was considering shifting MKC production south of the border. But the company confirmed Friday that it had been “likely” to move the work to Mexico in 2019 when its current contract with the United Auto Workers union expires.
“We had planned to move the Lincoln MKC out of Louisville Assembly Plant,” probably to the Cuautitlan factory in Mexico, Christin Baker, a Ford spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
Ford said in a statement “We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the U.S.”
When the Times said they were going to commit themselves to honest journalism, we probably all said we’d believe it when we saw it. It looks like they couldn’t keep that promise for even a week.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]