When we sell our shares of GM, it is unlikely that GM will be the entity that purchases them from us. They will more likely be bought by the usual purchasers of stocks: individuals, mutual funds, etc. There is a chance that we will sell the shares at a higher price than we paid for them.
It is not "propaganda" to state that GM has repaid it's loan, as long as the article states that more money was used to bail out GM. And, by golly, it does!
And the fact remains that GM is ahead of schedule in repaying the loan.But the loan money is only a fraction of the financial support that the federal government gave to GM over the past 12 months to stop it from going out of business.
Overall, GM received $50 billion in federal help. In return, the government got $2 billion in preferred stock and 61% of the company's privately held common shares.
Taxpayers could recoup money from a possible sale of GM stock to the public [on the stock market] in the future.
It would be propaganda to state that GM still owes money, especially without explaining that we taxpayers own part of the company until we sell the stock.