This Tuned Mustang Made Me ‘Realize The Value Of Journalistic Integrity’

Saleen calls it a “game changer.” It’s the most powerful production(-based) Mustang ever created. And the tuner says that if I don’t write about the 302 Black Label, I have no journalistic integrity. And if I don’t drive it, I’m hiding in a hole next to… Saddam Hussein? Okay, then.
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Here's What People Bitched About To Car Magazines 40 Years Ago

One of the best parts about writing in this modern age of internets, TV-Phone watches and all that is the instantaneous communication. I love that I can write something and then have a conversation about it or what an idiot I am right away. The speed of response is new, but the comments aren’t. Here’s some from 40… » 3/20/15 10:00pm 3/20/15 10:00pm

Ford Unveils New Lamborghini

Yep. You read that right. And that other tagline sure is appropriate — you really do gotta see this. I mean, how often does one car company unveil another car company? That's pretty rare. Seriously, are they trolling us? Do they use chimps to run their chyron machines? » 3/06/15 1:19pm 3/06/15 1:19pm

Who Do I Work For, Again?

Yesterday I did a quick Skype interview with San Francisco TV station KPIX about that Mercedes-Benz concept car that's been prowling around their city. A viewer on Twitter sent me this screenshot. Jelopnic. You know, it's a combination of Jello and picnic, since our site is a Jello-picnic enthusiast site. » 3/06/15 10:18am 3/06/15 10:18am

Local Newscaster Wants to Know if Waluigi Is Behind Crash Landing

Local news has been speaking "truth to power" since the invention of towns, and there's no better example of why we need regional newscasters than today's LaGuardia plane accident. It's unclear if a fictional villain from the Mario franchise is responsible, but watchdogs at Atlanta's CBS 46 are on it. » 3/05/15 3:48pm 3/05/15 3:48pm

My Year Ripping Off the Web With the Daily Mail Online

On July 11 of last year, I arrived to work at the MailOnline newsroom in New York City and saw Keith Poole, our managing editor, standing outside smoking a cigarette. Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was… » 3/04/15 5:40pm 3/04/15 5:40pm

How Auto Journalism Fails When Nationalism Gets Involved

There was an unspoken rule when I started doing this job back in the 90s – as a British journalist you were supposed to be kind in your reviews of British cars. The editor didn't follow you home one night and threaten you with a terrible death if you did happen to tell the audience that the latest Jaguar S-Type was in… » 2/20/15 2:05pm 2/20/15 2:05pm

People Of The Detroit Auto Show

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show press days are over, and the bars full of free coffee and booze scattered around Cobo Hall have been packed away. Here are the people of the event who caught my eye. » 1/16/15 2:25pm 1/16/15 2:25pm

Assholes Are Selling Their Acura NSX Press Kits On eBay For $250

Members of the automotive journalism sphere, already world-renowned for their moral purity and incorruptible sense of ethics, have decided to share their 2016 Acura NSX press kits from the Detroit Auto Show with the rest of the world. All they have to do is pay $250 on eBay first. How generous! » 1/16/15 10:50am 1/16/15 10:50am

Ted Always Worries: CNN's Ex-CEO And Employees On The Doomsday Tape

Yesterday the world got a premature look at the CNN apocalypse video, cable news' very own requiem for Planet Earth. There's been some curiosity over how seriously employees treated the tape, but according to former employees, an ex-CEO, and a CNN archivist, they've all been trained to use the tape. » 1/06/15 4:10pm 1/06/15 4:10pm

This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends

Thirty-four years ago, at the launch of Ted Turner's Cable News Network, the founder made a grandiose and specific promise about his newly created round-the-clock operation. "Barring satellite problems, we won't be signing off until the world ends," Turner declared. And in anticipation, he prepared a final video… » 1/05/15 12:55pm 1/05/15 12:55pm

Read John Pearley Huffman's Last New York Times Review

I end up on the wrong side of critic John Pearley Huffman more often than not, likely giving him the impression that I don't like him. I do like him. And it's thus with a little melancholy and nothing but good will that I share his last review for The New York Timeslast because the paper is foolishly shuttering » 12/20/14 2:17pm 12/20/14 2:17pm

Autojournalists Are Terrible Drivers And Worse Passengers

"You've just hit another car. Stop talking – I have no interest in your home life. Concentrate on driving. I just want to live." And so began another ride with one of the UK's crack motoring journalists. » 12/19/14 12:00pm 12/19/14 12:00pm

This Is Everything Wrong With Auto Journalism In One Facebook Thread

Auto journalists are flown around the world for free to test cars. It's an amazing gig. But some of them are disappointed that car companies aren't giving out free swag for them to remember these business trips. Not vacations. Seriously. This is despicable. » 12/12/14 3:45pm 12/12/14 3:45pm

What's The Most Embarrassing Thing You've Done In A Press Car?

Over the course of the last few weeks, a few of our colleagues have admitted to some rather interesting bowel movement incidents on the job. Well, fellow auto journos, now we want to hear your story: What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened in a car that isn't yours? » 12/04/14 2:38pm 12/04/14 2:38pm

Bernie Ecclestone Doesn't Like Bloggers Very Much

Never mind that Formula One is already the most difficult event to get media accreditation for—Bernie Ecclestone wants to limit the number of freeloadin' Internet journalists at F1 races. How can someone so adept at trolling understand the Internet so little? » 11/18/14 3:46pm 11/18/14 3:46pm

Media In Japan Can't Be Bothered To Drive The 2015 Lexus RC F (Updated)

I think the 2015 Lexus RC F is one of the more interesting products to come from an automaker whose normal offerings are the car equivalent of sleeping pills. Do you know who's not interested in it? Japan's automotive journalists, apparently. » 11/07/14 10:10am 11/07/14 10:10am

This Is Quite Possibly The Gnarliest Car Review Ever Filmed

And by 'gnarly,' I mean 'completely off the rails high power oversteer everywhere good lord how did he not crash amazing.' » 9/26/14 1:00pm 9/26/14 1:00pm

Telegraph Idiot Gets Cars, Women, Men And Top Gear Totally Wrong

The British press loves to snipe at Top Gear, in part because Top Gear keeps giving them reasons to do that. But a new column in the Telegraph crosses the line from criticism into an illogical and clueless rant about cars, driverless cars, and women. » 8/07/14 12:46pm 8/07/14 12:46pm