Media outlets are drumming up a new phony scandal using a report by ABC News about a company called Fisker Automotive. Fisker, the maker of an innovative line of energy efficient vehicles, received a substantial clean energy loan from the Obama administration as part of the stimulus program. While right-wing partisans and some news agencies are harping on the fact that Fisker is making some of its cars in Finland, they are in many cases ignoring the more important fact that the company is also hiring many American workers at a re-opened plant in Delaware.
In June of this year, Fisker announced it had begun hiring at a plant purchased from GM in Wilmington, Delaware. But if you don’t trust the company’s own press release, simply check Fox News. Back then, before the outlet started hyping the story as some type of terrible scandal, Fox reported about the company’s hiring plans after an interview with its CEO, Henrik Fisker. View a screen shot from Fox News’ “Car Report” website below:
Fox News also reported on the increased hiring projected by Fisker going into 2014, thanks to the clean energy loan:
The California-based start-up automaker purchased the facility from Motors Liquidation Corp, better known as “Old GM,” last year for $18 million dollars. At the time of the purchase, Fisker said that it would use a $528.7 million dollar loan from the federal government, along with an additional $175 million dollars in private investment to refurbish the facility to build a lineup of compact luxury plug-in hybrid cars, known as Project Nina, starting in late 2012. […] The initial round of hiring for the Delaware plant will involve 40 employees in the engineering and electro-mechanical fields this summer, with 80 production workers being brought on board in the fall. Advertisements for the positions will be posted this weekend. Company executives have previously said that they expect to create 2,000 jobs at the facility and an additional 3,000 supplier jobs by 2014 when production reaches its full output of between 75,000 and 100,000 vehicles per year, half of those set for export.
As Media Matters noted, Fox News has tried to puff the Fisker report into a scandal. MMFA’s Shauna Theel reported that last week, “Fox’s ‘straight news’ program America’s Newsroom aired a graphic saying ‘FEDERAL LOAN … FOR FINLAND?’ But host Bill Hemmer never mentioned that the loan supported American jobs, or that Fisker is barred from putting the money towards its overseas plant.”