[I think this is worthy of another email campaign -- this time to the Post (see below).]
There’s nothing wrong with mocking GM. It is a target-rich environment that has gone the extra mile and painted a bunch of bull’s-eyes on itself (see General Motors is full of crocks and GM’s Lutz: Wagoner is one of “the innocents,” just “the mayor of a city hit by an earthquake”).
To fire at GM and hit yourself instead thus requires a special kind of ignorance, as both cartoonist Pat Oliphant and the Washington Post exhibited Saturday when they ran this staggeringly ill-informed cartoon:
This easily wins the 2008 award for the most unintentionally laughable cartoon of 2008. The cartoon mocks GM for designing a car that solves the very problem the cartoon claims it does not address.
The idea that a major media outlet could publish such a cartoon in the internet era is almost incomprehensible and really tells you a lot about why the print media is dying a long-deserved death.
I do think this cartoon should represent a mini-wake-up call to plug in hybrid advocates [note to self: this means you] — every time you discuss plug ins, you must be 100% clear the vehicles revert to being gasoline-powered after they exhaust their charge from the electric grid.
But that is not to excuse the supreme laziness of both Oliphant and the Post: