Elon Musk is quickly becoming the worlds most talked about billionaire, in part because he is the one doing most of the talking. The Tesla CEO, who is also famous for sending cars into space and dating beautiful Hollywood actresses, seems to have no interest in sitting back and just enjoying his good fortune. Instead, he has been on Twitter during his downtime to furiously attack the media, claiming amongst many other things, that it unfairly attacks him and is also the main reason fellow billionaire Donald Trump was elected president.
While many in the media has fought back against Elon’s tirade, either with satire or arguments of their own, it’s necessary to take a step back and wonder whether he might be right.
Elon’s most significant claim is that news outlets routinely misrepresent his businesses and their success and when looking at a recent Bloomberg article, he might be right. The financial publication ran a story claiming that Tesla had lied about their Model 3 car price which has been marketed as costing an affordable $35,000. However, rather than celebrate this, Bloomberg published a piece with a headline claiming, “A Tesla Model 3 can now set you back $78,000.”
However, with just a quick read of the article, it is easy to discover that the Model 3 “could” cost up to $78,000 for a deluxe model, while the significantly lower price is for the base option.
Does this make Elon’s Twitter rant justified? Well, it is a misrepresentation of his company which could result in fewer sales for absolutely no reason. One Facebook user commented on the article link stating, “media is selling to ignorance with headlines like this,” suggesting that the wealthy genius may still have many fans.
But despite this support, it is still worth noting that one of the wealthiest men in the world has time to go on Twitter rants, so it’s worth ranking the Tweets from best to worst to celebrate the insanity.
“It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage.”
Going to create a 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.
Tesla Goes Bankrupt — Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter Eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone entirely and bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can’t believe it.
The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them.
For some reason, this is the best I’ve felt in a while. Hope you’re feeling good too.