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Is Toyota Positioning Media as Its “Villain”? Embattled Carmaker Attacks ABC News Reporting for Casting “Unwarranted Doubt” on Safety: ABC Admits to Editing Video

This week, Toyota put on a full demonstration and issued a press release criticizing a specific ABC News report by investigative reporter Brian Ross for which the network later admitted to doctoring footage. "Toyota believes that the public and Congressional committees have been misled by [a] demonstration and the dramatization of it by ABC News. This has cast unwarranted doubt on the safety of Toyota and Lexus vehicles," the release said, TVNewser reports.

ABC News posted its own report on Toyota’s demonstration: "Toyota today issued a sweeping rebuttal to the findings of Professor David Gilbert, the auto expert who claimed in an ABC News report and in Congressional testimony to have found a possible problem in the electronics of Toyota cars that would mask the source of sudden acceleration," the report said, TVNewser reports.

Last week, Gawker called into question video from the Feb. 22nd segment in question, with Ross reporting on a test of a Toyota vehicle. The segment was revealed to contain footage of a tachometer that had been spliced in from separate footage shot under different conditions. ABC News admitted the editing and reposted the video with new footage and an explanation, though Gawker‘s John Cook writes that the footage was still misleading, reports TVNewser writer Kevin Allocca.

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