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GM decided not to take yesterday's peppering by Thomas Friedman's shotgun laying down. Mere minutes after we dropped our post on Tommy Boy's anti-Toyota tirade, the General's FYI blog had quickly dropped a retort penned by GM's Tom Wilkinson. Wilkinson, who is not at all the same Tom Wilkinson as the actor who played Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins pictured to the left, proceeds to point out a number of "issues" GM had with Friedman's piece. These "issues" include his perceived lack of understanding of why gas prices are higher in Europe and that trucks are people vehicles too, comprising 40% of the new vehicle market. In addition, Wilkinson asked Friedman to "step off his soapbox and use his gifts as a reporter to develop a deeper understanding of this complex, fast-moving and vitally important industry." Wilkinson then went on to point out Friedman's mother was a hamster and his father smelled of elderberries. Tommy Boy, the soapbox is now yours. [FYI Blog]