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How Detroit's Big Three Automakers Screwed Up

By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

This lecture by Joseph B. White, Detroit bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal from 1998 to 2007, is as good a short account of the Detroit automakers' woes as I have seen. Definitely worth reading. White is now a senior editor for the Journal in Washington. The Detroit bureau, by the way, once upon a time was one of the Journal's major incubators of talent. Norman Pearlstine and Seth Lipsky worked in the Detroit bureau on their way to the top echelons of journalism. I remember meeting Pearlstine in the early 1970s when I was a law clerk in Detroit (and writing the first edition of what became The Almanac of American Politics).

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