Combative tweetstorm from Tesla CEO Elon Musk prompts confusion, scrutiny

Lloyd Doyle
May 26, 2018

Musk's remarks served as a caption for a retweet of a story about a new report from Baird, in which the investment firm told clients that the negative media coverage that has driven Tesla's stock down for months has just about run out of steam, and with the automaker's production ramp now underway, "shares could appreciate significantly".

The website would be called "Pravda", the Russian word for "truth" and also the name of the official newspaper of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.

He followed that up with a series of tweets arguing that "sanctimonious" journalists were driven by constant pressure to generate clicks and earn advertising.

Musk continued along this path, with a dubious tweet about the media's relationship with advertisers from the gas and diesel industry.

Elon Musk tweets about Pravda
Work on"Pravda seems to have begun months ago

After cool gadgets, gizmos, rockets, high-tech cars, tunnels, brain-linked computers, candy, the SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk announced that he is going to create a website that would give credibility ratings to individual journalists and news organisations based on their supposed truthfulness. It also means "truth". "Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn't advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel auto companies are among world's biggest advertisers", wrote Musk.

Musk urged the media to promote the poll if "they didn't want Pravda to exist", then tweeted again, saying he may call the site "You're Right" instead. Musk does own the domain, he added, but all it does now is point to Facebook News.

Musk tweeted that the issue "looked" like it could be fixed with a firmware update. The NY Times quoted Musk as saying then, "The whole point of this company was to make a really great, affordable electric auto".

Earlier, in April, after the company had released its first-quarter production report saying the company was building about 2,200 Model 3s a week, Musk responded to another Twitter user wondering about the all-wheel drive model, saying that the company would not begin producing them until after it had reached its 5,000-unit-a-week production target.

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