When an embattled CEO is quoted as saying "nothing could be further from the truth," The Business Press Maven knows that chances are we're pretty close to the truth. But for the sake of argument (and at the risk of being dead wrong), let's take General Motors ( GM) CEO Rick Wagoner at his word this morning. The Wall Street Journal reports that in preparation for the big powwow with Renault-Nissan on Friday, Wagoner said he was "completely open" to an alliance. ( Editor's note: To access some of these stories, registration or a subscription may be required. Please check the individual links for the site's policy.) Wagoner is under shareholder pressure (see: Kirk Kerkorian) to get his hand held by Carlos Ghosn, who has the turnaround knack and runs Renault-Nissan with an innovative eye toward (gasp) making cars of a sane size that people actually want to buy. How completely open Wagoner is to producing cars of a sane size that people actually want to buy will be borne out starting Friday. But on the subject of The Wall Street Journal and the truth, the two never seemed more in sync than with Tuesday's headline: " Time Warner Expects Offering AOL Free Will Be Costly " Well, duh. Take a service, Time Warner's ( TWX) AOL, that no one really needs in its current incarnation, start giving it away and guess what? You're going to lose some money. So it was with some surprise and his typically off-putting smirk that The Business Press Maven awoke this morning to the headline, " Report on AOL Blasted ." Time Warner, in damage-control mode or maybe even believing what it was saying, released a statement Tuesday calling the story malarkey. But let's wish Time Warner luck in what feels like its millionth attempt to salvage something from the AOL merger, which will go down in the record books as the one of the dopiest ever. The Business Press Maven will always remember Steve Case at that press conference, unable to contain his glee at having sold his dial-up outfit with no easy future in a broadband world for so much. Steve, The Business Press Maven has not stopped genuflecting in your general direction.