Critic Quits After Paper Softens Chrysler 200 Review

Most scathing lines removed after advertiser complained
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 10:59 AM CDT
A 2011 Chrysler 200 is shown at the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – You know that spiffy new Chrysler that Eminem is all excited about? The one that’s "imported from Detroit"? Well, apparently you can only be so critical about it in the Detroit News. The paper’s auto critic, Scott Burgess, made some rather scathing comments about the Chrysler 200—then resigned after an angry letter from an advertiser prompted editors to tone down the online version of the article. "It’s just a matter of principle," Burgess tells the AP.

Among the deleted comments: "The 200 is still a dog," and "If this car came in tortoise shell, the EPA would have to put it on the endangered sedan list to prevent trappers and automotive enthusiasts from rightfully shooting it into extinction." You can read the full review, with the deleted sections identified, on Jalopnik. Even with the omissions, the review remains clearly negative. Publisher Jon Wolman says the paper wasn't trying to change the tone, but was merely trying to "make an editing improvement, and obviously we handled it poorly." The AP notes that the original version is back online.

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