The headline from the White House was President George Bush's talks with execs from GM, Ford and Chrysler. The economic plight of Detroit's Big Three is usually an NBC favorite amassing 39 minutes of coverage (ABC 25, CBS 20) on automobile industry woes during the first ten months this year. This time ABC took the lead, with Dean Reynolds (subscription required) detailing probably futile pleas for relief on healthcare costs, dollar-yen currency rates and alternate fuel subsidies. If the White House had been serious about bailing Michigan out, it would obviously have made the effort before GOP candidates were defeated for both governor and senator in that state last week. NBC called on sister network CNBC for a stand-up from Philip LeBeau. CBS did not assign a reporter to the story.
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