Advice & Dissent: 2010

I've shown clearly that reporters are acting with reckless disregard for the truth in the Toyota sudden acceleration feeding frenzy since my Los Angeles Times article "Toyota Hysteria" on March 9. And no article showed that more than my expose, "The Toyota Hybrid…Read More
What could pit bulls possibly have in common with Toyotas? Pit bulls, after all, tend to be smaller and furrier. And whatever you do, never try to wash and wax a pit bull. Still, there is a connection. Both have been at the center of "misinformation cascades," in which false…Read More
"Terror on the Roads: Runaway Toyotas," was the title of an entry on a prominent Brazilian blog March 31. But today Toyota Motor Sales reported March sales increased 35.3 percent over the same period last year, on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Meanwhile the Harvard Business…Read More
Good Friday, April 17, 1992: I'd just started a great job at Investor's Business Daily in Los Angeles, and two weeks earlier I'd purchased the car of my dreams, a beautiful, blue Toyota MR2 Turbo. To me, at least, it looked like a small Ferrari. It was fast and sleek. I was…Read More
What do you get from a phony flu scare? Among other things, lots of worthless vaccine. "Despite months of dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars, less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered…Read More
Why are people killed in Toyotas? Because a huge number of Americans are killed by motor vehicles of all types and Toyota has been the third biggest seller her for the past decade. Why do so many people complain about sudden unintended acceleration in Toyotas? Because so many…Read More
Terrence Jones, 20, of Washington, D.C. is on trial for the murder of Tanganika Stanton, whom he shot through the heart two years ago. Stanton, 18, was sitting outside her apartment building eating a hamburger that her mother had fixed for her. Jones saw her, said he wanted one…Read More
"If I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Taliban," Afghan President Hamid Karzai allegedly told several members of his nation's parliament Monday. The U.S. reaction should be: "Don't let a camel bite you on the butt on the way out."Hey, Hamid! We've got your address…Read More
"Toyota has routinely engaged in questionable, evasive and deceptive legal tactics when sued, frequently claiming it does not have information it is required to turn over and sometimes even ignoring court orders to produce key documents, an Associated Press investigation shows…Read More
Swine flu has proved a terrible embarrassment for the CDC and especially the WHO, as I'll be discussing in a forthcoming article. Still, all is not lost says John Mackenzie, head of the WHO's secretive Emergency Committee. He told Reuters that swine flu is just as severe as we…Read More