I just heard a piece on NPR regarding the semi-autonomous cars having issues in washes, and they had Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik commenting. I was a bit surprised . . .

To have Torch as the go-to for perspective on this seems to legitimize Jalopnik in a strange way, because regardless of his knowledge, I don’t think Jalopnik is doing original reporting much in general and Westbrook’s article in particular was the standard re-reporting/news aggregation.

Good for Torch to get to provide a car publication perspective, and happily NPR had some other expert then give additional perspective, but I would have expected Consumer Reports or something in place of Torch.

What are your thoughts? What source would have been best for the “car-person” voice in a report on this concern? Is Jalopnik as appropriate as any other?