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Wheels: The New York Times’ New Auto Blog

auto_blog_patheticness.jpgJust when it seemed like congestion pricing proponent Carolyn Curiel and Portland native David Shipley were helping to steer the the New York Times in a greener more urban environmentally aware direction, the Times launches Wheels, their new Auto Blog. Its mission: Cover the Detroit Auto Show and help drivers and auto enthusiasts know new cars to watch for and which new concept car that is turning heads.

New York Times reporter Ezra Dyer, pictured right, is the man assigned to make that happen. Towards that end, he plays a Jeep bongo at the Daimler-Chrysler party and muses on the journalistic ethics of accepting party favors from automakers:

I imagine there are practical considerations for the journalists who walked away with the "Jeep" drums. I know I didn't allow for bongo-sized extra space in my luggage when I packed. And once you do get your bongo home, what are you going to do with it? Take up bongoing on a regular basis? Maybe find a friend with a steel drum? Perhaps someone will use his bongo drum to torment the fellow denizens of the Holiday Inn Express later on tonight.

Too bad Keith Bradsher is too busy doing great journalism. He'd be an awesome blogger for Wheels and I'd love to see him with a lampshade on his head.

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