Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Michael J Smith5
Story That Obama Ordered Dodge, Chevy Out Of NASCAR Still Making News
One day after Car and Driver ran its April Fool’s day hoax article claiming that President Obama ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition of receiving bailout funds, the story is still making news.
Sandra Rose of Rightfielders.com wrote:
Just when we thought we could take a breather from Barack Obama’s wacky policies, he reached across the Atlantic today to drop another one on us. … Naturally, NASCAR fans are outraged.
At first, I wasn’t sure if she was taking this story seriously, or was attempting to further the joke. But, after reading her blog entry, I’m shocked to find that she took the story at face value considering it was clearly labeled an April Fool’s day joke.
C&D pulled the story and apologized saying they went “too far.” They also said that they have “a proud tradition of irreverent editorial and we amplify that each year with our April Fool’s Day joke.”
But, that didn’t stop Denny Darnell, of Dodge’s motorsports program, from writing in an email that he has “been in this business more than 30 years and [he has] never seen a story so irresponsible,” according to a USA Today story.