In 1986, ’60 Minutes’ ran a scathing exposé…

In 1986, ’60 Minutes’ ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. Gov’t tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. ’60 Minutes’ never apologized. The “60 Minutes” whitewash of Audi wasn’t the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. NBC did it to Chevrolet in 1992, but a firefighter at the test blew the whistle, forcing NBC to cough up an on-air apology.

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