White House Takes Crack at Car Website

Blog post assails Edmunds.com's view of 'clunkers' initiative
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 2:10 PM CDT
In this Aug. 5, 2009 file photo, cars traded in as part of the Cash for Clunkers program, at Winner Ford in Cherry Hill, are shown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – The administration has picked another fight with a media outlet, but not one that employs Glenn Beck. The White House blog took aim at Edmunds.com, which had posted a scathing assessment of the “Cash for Clunkers” program. The snarky post argues that Edmunds must have been “covering car sales on Mars” if it didn’t see the impact that the program had on the overall auto market.

Whether or not the White House has a point, Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider argues, this is pretty dumb tactically. “Seriously, what’s the point of this? Clunkers is over. It just makes the White House look thin-skinned,” he writes, “though it’s great publicity for Edmunds.” (Read more White House stories.)