"That story was planted by Toyota," an NHTSA spokeswoman told just-auto. "Toyota is the source - yes we know that for definite.
"It is [the] Toyota PR machine. We knew they were going to put it out."
My questions are;
- If you were writing for a living would you have missed the closed quotation mark after definite?
- Would you have included an additional space between the first part of the quote and the second part as Just-auto did?
- What reporter worth their salt wouldn't have asked the question "how did you know they were going to put it out?"
Just-auto must have asked some of these questions, too bad they didn't bother to include the response (or lack there of) in their article. Maybe it would have made their source look bad?
As is often the case I find, what is not in a news story is more interesting than what is.