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April 8, 2005

USA: GM pulls LA Times ads

General Motors on Thursday reportedly said it would stop advertising in the Los Angeles Times because of concerns over "factual errors and misrepresentations" in newspaper articles.

General Motors on Thursday reportedly said it would stop advertising in the Los Angeles Times because of concerns over “factual errors and misrepresentations” in newspaper articles.

The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., will review coverage that prompted the complaints from the world’s largest automaker, Times spokesman David Garcia said, according to the Associated Press (AP).

“We will look into any complaints GM has about inaccuracy or misrepresentation and will make any appropriate corrections,” Garcia reportedly said in the newspaper.

AP said GM spokeswoman Ryndee Carney told The New York Times:GM that officials did not specify which articles the company found offensive: “It involves news reporting, it involves opinion.”

The report said that, on Wednesday, the newspaper published a column by auto critic Dan Neil, who called for the “impeachment” of two executives, and charged the company “utterly missed the boat on hybrid gas-electric technology” while speeding up production of sport utility vehicles.

AP said that neither GM nor the newspaper, which has a daily circulation of 900,000, would say how much the automaker spends on its Times ads, while GM did not say for how long it intended to keep its ads out of the newspaper.

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