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  • Toyota Confirms Another Glaring Error in New York Times Story on Rep. Issa

    A new problem has surfaced with New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau front-page story on Rep. Darrell Issa. Toyota confirmed that DEI Holdings, a company Issa founded, is not a “major supplier” to the car manufacturer.

    That’s a direct contradiction to Lichtblau story. Issa asked for a correction Monday. Lichtblau has refused, maintaining the claim is correct. He did not cite a source in Monday’s story and did not provide one to us when we inquired.

    Lichtblau asserted in Monday’s 2,700-word story that the California Republican should have recused himself from a congressional inquiry of Toyota because “his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota made him go easy on the automaker as he led an investigation into the recalls.”

    Issa’s office immediately objected to the statement. It was one of at least five errors included in the article. So far Lichtblau has corrected only a typo. The other errors — including an incorrect description of Issa’s district office in relation to a golf course — remain in the story even though they have been proven wrong.

    When the Times failed to produce a source for the Toyota claim, we asked the automaker to get to the bottom of the issue.

    “DEI Holdings is not a direct supplier of Toyota, however, it is possible that Toyota dealers procure their products,” spokeswoman Carly Schaffner said. “As independent business owners, Toyota dealers make available to their customers a variety of aftermarket products to enhance their automotive ownership experience.”

    Even if some Toyota dealers end up using DEI products, Issa’s office maintains that does not justify the Times’ description of the company as a “major supplier of alarms to Toyota.”

    UPDATE (Aug. 19, 12:25):

    Rep. Issa has requested a full front-page retraction of the Times’ story, citing “13 erroneous statements” that he says undermine some of the story’s central assertions. The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle has the full story.

    Note: The Issa Family Foundation, mentioned in the Times’ story, has donated to Heritage in the past.

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    17 Responses to Toyota Confirms Another Glaring Error in New York Times Story on Rep. Issa

    1. Chassoo says:

      I guess the Times is now in the business of making up the news. No wonder their circulation has been going down hill fast.

    2. Zack says:

      You should spell Lichtblau's name right if you're going to criticize his reporting.

      • marie says:

        leave it to a Lib to try to side step the issue with a deversion. i hope i spelled everything rite!

    3. dmtcpa says:

      The "Gray Lady" has been an abject liar and diseminator of misleading information for a long time. This is nothing new.

    4. allen says:

      Whats NEW this Rag and the fore-runner where doing the same things during the CIVIL War, Read your History, probably the same reporters as they all seem to be stuck in that same news plan you know "Bad and wrong, Made Up News news sells"

    5. patty says:

      What else can you expect from the NY Times. If they can't find a story to suit them, they fabricate one by twisting the facts.

    6. Gil says:

      Not to mention that a thorough investigation by Nasa and multiple 3rd party engineering firms CLEARED Toyota of any wrong doing. It exposed the fact that the NHTSA under Obama perpetrated a witch hunt on Toyota, no doubt in an effort to bolster government owned GM and Chrysler, likely at the request of unions.

    7. zff says:

      I'm sure that there are some Toyota dealers who sell DEI Holding products…but I'm sure there are also many GM, Ford, Chrysler, Lexus, KIA, BMW, etc. etc. dealers who do also. Also, the beneficiary of such sales are NOT the companies themselves, but the dealers who, as was pointed out above, are independent business owners and not subsidiaries of the companies whose cars they sell. The profit from aftermarket sales go only to the dealer, not Toyota or any other carmaker.

      So, not only is Issas company NOT a "major supplier of alarms" to Toyota they are not a supplier of *anything* at all to them…period.

      Also, the recall hysteria was a pile of crap anyway. Just some lawyers and unscrupulous consumers trying to get some easy money off junk lawsuits.

    8. ROYSTOLL2 says:

      Just as a side note on the whole Toyota debacle that the liberal press magnified and blew all out of proportion, my son works at an engineering firm that was one of many running tests on the accelerator controls and found nothing wrong. It was just another liberal witch hunt as is their attack on Darrel Issa. Also, they try to marginalize the Tea Party Movement for the same reason that they are after Mr. Issa. We were formed to stop the corruption in government and the media. So if I was corrupt, I don't think I would support Mr. Issa or The Tea Party Movement.

    9. carol,az says:

      Welcome to the new chapter of 1984;
      Thank you H.F. once again, correcting lies told as truth.
      This is the continuation by the DOJ to kill the messenger and Rep. Issa's continued work on Fast and Furious. They all need this smut as clearly as a vampire need a plasma infusion.
      They can smell the fear, the people are coming.

    10. ronald richards says:

      It is time to correct the legal principle that the press has the 'right' to just lie about individuals. After all, it is a 'living' 'breathing Constitution and for that matter, there are many instances of other countries (international law here for Justice O'Conner) where the Times writer would be arrested

    11. chatmandu002 says:

      The NYTs never lets the truth stand in the way of a good smear story against a conservative.

    12. Guest says:

      All the news that fit … well, never mind.

    13. Dick says:

      Now the "reporter" has street cred to become a certified left wing basement blogger.

    14. Zack says:

      You didn't approve my comment, but fixed the spelling of Lichtblau's name. Classy!

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