Saturday, June 22, 2024

Fox News Shames People for Driving a V8-Powered American Car

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What an elitist perspective…


recently ran a tone-deaf yet predictable article trying to ridicule anyone for owning a V8-powered American car. It was such an elitist, lazy attempt at superiority on the part of Gary Gastelu, the outlet's Automotive Editor, that I just had to respond as well as call attention to the condescending attitude.

The focus of Gastelu's article is mocking what he says are the least fuel-efficient American vehicles. That's right, he concentrates only on the Big Three, ignoring any foreign automakers because they get a pass for some reason. There are plenty of Mercedes, BMWs, Land Rovers, etc. which guzzle gas. I can only assume this focus is fueled by an elitist mentality. I'm quite familiar with this attitude that everything American is for commoners and therefore is automatically inferior. This is especially true when it comes to so-called domestic vehicles.

Gastelu proceeds to mock anyone for owning certain gas-guzzling Mopars, Fords, and GM models. Didn't they know they're supposed to be driving an electric toaster? Did they not get the memo from their cultural superiors? Perhaps people aren't listening to as much NPR as Gastelu and that's why they haven't been properly programmed.

The man says he's seen some people on social “lamenting their purchasing choices.” There might be a few, but why doesn't Gastelu show the receipts so we can all see just how badly these people are kicking themselves for buying something with real get-up-and-go? I've seen more outrage at our incompetent leader, particularly the 's adversarial attitude toward domestic oil. Sorry if I don't just take Gastelu at his word, but this is hard to believe, just like journalists claiming their 5-year-old has expressed a complex political opinion to them completely unprovoked.

I'm old enough to remember the last time gas prices punched this high. Sure, some people absolutely lost their minds and automakers took advantage, introducing such gems as the Smart Car all in the name of conserving fuel. When prices dropped and people came to their senses, it didn't take long for them to regret their fuel miser purchases. I want to believe people will keep their heads about them this time, but articles like this one