Wednesday, April 09, 2008

When NASCAR didn't make the news

This is an old story but I came across it again, and as a NASCAR fan it made me smile.

NBC certainly sets new standards in investigative journalism. For example, you’ll recall the Dateline story where they demonstrated that GMC trucks explode on impact by rigging a GMC truck to explode on impact.

In this grand tradition, a couple years ago they decided to make news investigate NASCAR racism. So they sent two "Muslim looking men" to a NASCAR race in Martinsville, Virginia. The idea was to film NASCAR bigotry in situ.

The problem for NBC: the NASCAR fans stubbornly refused to oblige. Maybe NBC should have planted "red neck looking men" to taunt the "Muslim looking men."

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