By now, Michigan citizens are no strangers to the misleading tactics the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) employs to mislead the public.
The bridge company’s most recent piece of propaganda, which aired statewide, tries to connect the recent jailing of company officials Manuel “Matty” Moroun and Dan Stamper with the proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC) and continues to lie about the cost of the new bridge to Michigan taxpayers.
The Michigan Truth Squad and Grand Rapids television station WZZM recently dispelled the latest in a series of misleading DIBC television ads. The Michigan Truth Squad called a “Flagrant foul” on the ad while WZZM rated the ad a “3 out of 10 on the truth meter.”
This isn’t the first time the bridge company has come under fire for its advertising tactics. In September 2011, the Michigan Truth Squad called a “Foul” on a DIBC ad that made misleading statements regarding Governor Rick Snyder and his support for the NITC.
In April 2011, the Michigan Truth Squad called a “Foul” on the DIBC for using misleading statistics and claiming, without proof, that the NITC will cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million a year, which is simply not true.
The DIBC continues to blame the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Snyder administration for their legal problems. The United State District Court summarized the DIBC and its misinformation tactics best in its 2010 rejection of the company’s appeal:
“Considering this Court’s more than thirty-five years as a judicial officer, DIBC may be entitled to its recognition as the party who has devised the most creative schemes and maneuvers to delay compliance with a court order. DIBC’s schemes fail, however, as they lack support in the law…”