Musk slams fake news media, muses about app to rate reportersby Nick Aziz
Elon Musk has had enough of the manufactured outrage and \'holier-than-thou\' attitude of many mainstream journalists, and he made it known in a series of tweets late Wednesday.
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
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 then mused about creating a web app dedicated to rating the accuracy of journalists.
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
As was the case when Musk recently slammed certain journalists for overhyping Autopilot accidents and Tesla production delays in pursuit of clicks and pageviews, a sanctimonious mini-backlash and pile-on has ensued. Another politically progressive writer, Jessica Huseman of ProPublica, who appears to be similarly fixated on Donald Trump and truthiness -- and likewise was triggered by Musk's tweets -- construed the billionaire's stance as a "tantrum" and "ignorant" in a series of profanity-laden tweets culminating in a screed about injuries at Tesla's factory.
I don't give two shits if Elon Musk starts yelp for journalists. So, 538, it is a characterization of my tweet — which you link here — to say I "was not happy" about this threat.— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) May 24, 2018
Musk has a years long history of tussles with reporters, but recent incidents have been framed through a post-Trumpian lens in which those who call out the media as charlatans or purveyors of fake controversies are viewed as Trump-like alt-right demagogues, even in matters that have nothing to do with politics or the left-right spectrum. As alluded to above, this happened most recently with the media's embarrassing freakout over Musk's handling of Tesla's Q1 earnings call, and his remarks about journalists who help fuel the short seller frenzy vis a vis Model 3 production woes, and similarly stoke fears about "Autopilot" and other vehicle automatation technologies following high-profile accidents.
A few months ago, Musk's somewhat facetious remarks on the downsides of public transportation -- a golden calf of the political left and politically correct journalists -- triggered a Twitter conniption among "urban planners" and pious journalists who slammed him as antisocial and retrograde for pointing out that Japanese subways pack people like sardines onto trains at rush hour and for joking about NYC subway serial killers.