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Elon Musk: “Hypocrisy of Big Media Companies” in Twitter Tirade

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Elon Musk is not happy with media coverage of Tesla. The Tesla CEO came under fire after a series of controversies dogged the company. According to Vanity Fair, a Reveal investigation reported that Tesla’s factory conditions are unsafe, leaving a number of employees with undocumented injuries.

In response, Musk took to Twitter to air his distrust of the “holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies.” He went on to write that the public “no longer respects them” because they “lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie.”

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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 https://t.co/Ay2DwCOMkr

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

Donald Trump also found himself in the firing line. Here, Musk argued that the media’s lack of credibility resulted in his election.

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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 believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

Musk also argued that “journos are under pressure to get max clicks,” which in turn draws revenue across ads and engagement. In March, Tesla deleted its Facebook page in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and #DeleteFacebook initiative. Musk suggested “fossil fuel companies” are among the “world’s biggest advertisers.”

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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.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

Musk also said he was “going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth,” adding that journalists and editors will be given a credibility score. He joked it would be called “Pravda,” a reference to the Soviet Union propaganda outlet (the word means “truth” or “justice” in Russian).

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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 …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018

In other recent news, Musk’s new girlfriend Grimes defended the SpaceX founder against allegations that Tesla had not allowed employees to unionize.

In related news, Elon Musk says the new Tesla 3 model “will beat anything in its class.” More on that here.

Candice Nembhard is a writer and journalist based in Berlin.