Oh Elon, Elon, Elon…
Elon Musk is not happy with the media. Prompted by recent reports about production line and safety problems at Tesla, he went on a multi-tweet rant about “the holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies
who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie.”
The reaction has been predictable. Journalists are various shades of amused and horrified, and Musk’s fans are predictably full of support for their hero.
Me? I think Musk needs to learn to take bad press. Just because he does incredible things for the future of electric vehicles and space travel doesn’t mean he’s above criticism. If he can’t ship his cars fast enough, and if his workers are unhappy with factory conditions, and if his cars’ safety is in question, those stories need to be reported. And the way they’re reported won’t always please him.
Instead of just sucking it up and accepting that a wealthy, high-profile person like himself will be subject to criticism he can’t control, he throws a childish, patronising strop. It’s very silly, really.
As for his plan to let the public “rate the core truth” of news articles, well I look forward to his developers having to resolve the age-old philosophical debate about the nature of truth
so they can write the code correctly. What this site will actually turn out to be is somewhere for people to vote up the things they agree with and downvote the things they dislike.
Reddit. He’s invented Reddit.