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GM rises from the grave ... unnoticed

   Upon still further review, it seems that the news that General Motors is not at all dead -- and is spending $500 million of [sort of] your money* on retooling three plants to make a new, more environmentally GMannounce friendly, engines for American-made cars -- has provoked a surprising dearth of media coverage.

   Wonder what the national coverage would have been like if they had announced they were closing the GM Powertrain plant in Tonawanda?

   Nothing in The New York Times.
   The Wall Street Journal only has some links to other people's reporting. [It did do its own treatment of the release of the Millard Fillmore dollar coin.]
   Even The Detroit Free Press, the big newspaper in MoTown, dismisses the news with a short article that was little more than a rearranged press release. The Detroit News had a little more, supplmented with some AP reporting from Tonawanda.

   Of course, they noticed in Tonawanda, in Bay City, Mich., and in Defiance, Ohio. As well as business/trade press outlets such as Motor Trend and BusinessWeek.

   There were a lot of politicians there yesterday, too. They usually are when there's a chance to bask in someone else's success. But, in this case, government rescue is the only reason GM lived to fight another day.
   Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairpoint, Web-posted this statement, along with another celebrating the first anniversary of the Obama stimulus package. It's working, she says. 

   * And here's some more stuff GM is doing with your money:
- GM upset with state lawmakers - AP/The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftan
   General Motors Co. is launching a $60,000 radio and print ad campaign against a bill aimed at helping Colorado dealerships terminated by GM and Chrysler Group LLC.
   The bill — passed in the state House and awaiting state Senate debate — would require carmakers to reimburse the dealers for upgrades they were required to make in the past five years. Some upgrades cost millions of dollars.

- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Buffalo News photo by Robert Kirkham shows GM VP/Labor Relations Denise Johnson with Gov. David Paterson, Sen. Chuck Schumer, plant manager Steve Finch, and Erie County Executive Chris Collins.]

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