WASHINGTON. An irate Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of faltering automaker Tesla, has enlisted in today’s ongoing fake news food fight. Musk is angry that a once reflexively adoring press is starting to question his awe-inspiring technological prowess. Especially after two of his Tesla autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles crashed, killing one driver.
Media attacks on Musk and Tesla
An article by the Center for Investigative Reporting claims the Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, California, has safety issues due to a “lack of clearly marked pedestrian lanes.” Such problems are solved by marking said lanes in cautionary yellow. But when a Tesla safety official made that point to company execs, she was told, “Elon does not like the color yellow,” noted authors Will Evans and Alyssa Jeong Perry.
Irate Elon Musk attacks back
All the recent media criticism of Tesla finally sent an irate Elon Musk into orbit like one of his SpaceX Falcon Heavy rockets. He blasted the “holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie.” He added this is “why the public no longer respects them.”
And so, the tech mogul says he’ll “create a [web] site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda…”
Nice one. Why not? After all, the Federal government subsidizes every one of his expensive, money-losing cars that only the rich can afford.
Pravda, of course, is Russian for “true.” It’s also the name of the official state propaganda organ for the now-defunct Soviet government. This zinger really upset some media scribblers.
A seething anger that masks deep fear
Andrew Hawkins, the senior transportation reporter at the tech website The Verge, tweeted:
“Musk continues his slow transformation into a media-baiting Trump figure screaming irrationally about fake news. Hope it works out for you dude?”
Screaming “fake news” seems to be working just fine for Trump. CNBC reported that Trump’s attacks “spook journalists… scaring the media and generally are unprecedented in U.S. history.”
“The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media,” Trump tweeted. “They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.”
And Trump’s tweets allow him to live rent-free in the heads of the political party – once known as Democrats – that went to such extremes to spy on his 2016 campaign.
Noted a recent Gallup poll,
“Democrats are significantly more likely than Republicans to say they see, read or hear a lot about Trump’s tweets (64% vs 50%, respectively).”
That’s really no surprise, although you can easily see all those angry “progressives” putting their angry faces on. It’s an absolute fact that oince Trump became president, so-called journalists have squealed like a chorus of stuck pigs at his successful assaults on their fake-news bias. And their credibility has suffered mightily because of it.
They claim the president is attacking the First Amendment. That only goes to underscore their invincible arrogance. It is they who attack the First Amendment with their one-sided, leftist hackery.
But it’s telling that they equate accountability with censorship.
A website to fight media bias
Getting back to that irate Elon Musk, his engineers will eventually work through the problems with the Tesla autonomous vehicle. After all, they are innovators. And the company is likely to build the viable space vehicle that takes the first Americans to Mars.
But the mainstream media will continue to shrink in size and influence if it sticks to the view that truth is a hindrance and not an innovation.
So, Elon Musk. Build that journalist-rating website. Bring it on.
Top Image: Elon Musk. CBS’s “60 Minutes” screen grab.