Henry Payne

Henry Payne is the auto critic for the Detroit News.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes, Detroit edition

Detroit – Hans Christian Anderson, meet Barack Obama. Has there been a better modern staging of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” than the president’s visit to Ford’s Wayne Assembly Plant Wednesday? Selected ...

The Phony Automakers-Have-Neglected-Safety Narrative

Call 2014 the Year of the Phony Media Narrative. The Increased-Cop-Shootings Narrative (not true according to Bureau of Justice stats). The Increase-in-Campus-Rapes Narrative (debunked, same BOJ). The Planet-in-Crisis Narrative. Add the Automakers-Have-Neglected-Safety ...

In Michigan, Unions Lost but Greens Won

Michigan has always been a state closely watched for national political trends, and Tuesday’s results are no different. Republican governor Rick Snyder’s reelection and Democratic senator Gary Peters win carry ...