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article imageOp-Ed: Elon Musk attacks the media — Saying it has lost credibility

By Karen Graham     May 24, 2018 in Internet
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, accused the media of being dishonest and floated the possibility of building a service to rate the credibility of specific journalists and news outlets, in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
Without a doubt, there are those of us who follow Musk's every word and wildest dreams, myself included. But when I read his tweets last night, I was surprised at the vitriol and Trump-like rhetoric being used.
Actually, this morning, the Forbes headline read, "Elon Musk's Trump Derangement Syndrome," referring to the president's skill "at channeling paranoia and rage -- and some public support -- via Twitter."
"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,” Musk tweeted.
“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 ...,” he tweeted.
In all fairness to Musk and Tesla, I have to agree that the media has had a field day writing about Tesla crashes and the car company, in general, and the Model 3 bottlenecks in particular. And we can't forget Musk's bizarre first quarter earnings call earlier this month.
Musk points this out in his tweets, writing: "Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired. Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn’t advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel car companies are among world’s biggest advertisers."
“The point of such a site would be to help restore the credibility of the media. They don’t realize how little credibility they actually have with the public,” he added.
So he set up a poll, asking his followers if he should create a media credibility rating site (that also flags propaganda botnets).
By 10:30 a.m. this morning ET, 816,000 people had voted on Musk’s poll with 88 percent supporting his plan. Actually, this morning Musk is challenging the media to write an article explaining why his proposed website should not be set up.
"If you’re in media & don’t want Pravda to exist, write an article telling your readers to vote against it …," he tweeted.
But, here's the big difference in Musk and Twitter-in-chief Trump - Musk doesn't throw out vague, questionable and oftentimes outright lies like the president. This is just my opinion, of course, but I get the feeling Musk has been backed into a corner, and like most of us, he has come out fighting.
And it is a shame that this is happening. I started following Musk when he proposed colonizing Mars. And as I have often said, the man's mind and his dreams are amazing - if not far ahead of his time. The world needs dreamers because we have too few dreams left.
Andrew J. Hawkins, a transportation reporter with tech website The Verge, tweeted that Musk was becoming a "media-baiter," just like Trump, “screaming irrationally about fake news”.
“Thought you’d say that. Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks ‘You’re just like Trump!’ Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no ones (sic)believes you anymore. You lost your credibility a long time ago,” Musk responded in a tweet.
What do you think?
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