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0The F Word: Who's Dismantling GM?

Call me crazy, but I don't find this cute. As the news was breaking of General Motors going bankrupt, The New York Times business section ran a front page article about the 31-year-old in charge of ?dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.? The 31-year-old in question, one Brian Deese it turns out, was, for the first few months of Barack Obama?s administration the only full time member of the auto task force. Now he's risen to become "one of the most influential voices in what may become President Obama's biggest experiment in federal intervention." "Mr. Deese?s role is unusual for someone who is neither a formally trained economist nor a business school graduate, and who never spent much time flipping through the endless studies about the future of the American and Japanese auto industries,? writes the Times about the 31 year old from Yale. Unusual? One can only hope so. Deese has high-level support. Steven Rattner and Lawrence Summers give him accolades. Rattner a private equity investor who has managed Mayor Bloomberg?s money among others is now heading the automotive task force. Summers, of course, one of the great deregulators, is head of the National Economic Council. There's no need to worry, Sanger seems to believe — a guy who's given little thought to the auto industry and the problems it faced and had never set foot in an auto assembly plant is designing the future for GM and its staff. It gives you a sense of where the paper of record's priorities are. While he's ho hum about the auto industry's fate, David Sanger seems to be obsessed with the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran. In fact, in an article on Barack Obama?s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sanger was fixated on just ?how much time remains to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons capability.? He led with that supposed difference of opinion between the two camps before acknowledging that, ?Their most obvious public differences were not over Iran at all.? Yet the Times is hyping it. From the glib to the deadly serious the NYT just can't seem to get it right. The F Word is a regular commentary by Laura Flanders the host of GRITtv which broadcasts weekdays on satellite TV (Dish Network Ch. 9415 Free Speech TV) on cable, public television and online at GRITtv.org and TheNation.com.