Excellent journalism and analysis by Rebecca Greenfield at The Atlantic Wire:
Not all of Musk’s data is entirely convincing and the parts that are don’t point to a malicious plot.
And an honorable mention to Patrick George at Jalopnik for going right to a source to fact-check the flatbed claim.
The New York Times/Tesla story is still unfolding, but it looks like the truth is probably far less interesting than Elon Musk’s theory of an intentional, fraudulent hit piece.
It’s really not good business to make a habit of unfairly suing or defaming members of the press who review your products. That’s a very bold and risky move, and you better make sure you have a solid basis before starting that fire.
It looks like Musk had a few valid minor complaints, but too little to substantiate his claims of malicious lies to intentionally make his car look bad.
The more false or unsubstantiated accusations he makes, the easier it is for his valid points to be disregarded, too. Whatever he thinks he’s doing, his post today is not helping Tesla.