Saturday, June 6, 2009
Lee Iacocca is one of the most iconic executives of his generation. His fame extended beyond the business world and crossed over into American popular culture, partly as a result of the Chrysler commercials he appeared in during the 1980's. So it was astounding to see a Nightly News on-screen graphic identify Iacocca as "James Bell" during Tuesday's story about the auto industry. Iacocca now joins those lucky few who have recently been mis-identified by Nightly News. This elite group includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. In his TV commercials, Iacocca's trademark phrase was, "If you can find a better car, buy it." Funny, but I've never heard anyone from Nightly News say, "If you can find a better newscast, watch it."