Musk suggest big oil fuels critical coverage of Tesla

Elon Musk wants to name his journalist-rating site after Communist newspaper

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". Molly Roberts at the Washington Post says Musk's anti-media "meltdown" is unsurprising in light of recent reports on issues with the Tesla Model 3, unionization efforts at Tesla factories, and crashes of self-driving cars.

Musk said he plans to start up a new website for the public to rate "the core truth of any article" that would also track credibility scores for journalists, editors and publications.

In addition, Musk blamed the media for "being under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired". Twitter jibes aside, Musk may actually be serious about setting the website as 'Pravda Corp.' was registered in October in DE as seen on the California Secretary of State's website. The president of that company is also listed as the president of another company of Musk's, Neuralink, which is working to link human brains with computers.

On Friday, Musk said he has not liked the media even when it has highlighted his accomplishments and said Twitter allows him to communicate with the public outside of traditional media channels. By the time the poll closed today (May 24), it had received more than 680,000 votes, with 88 percent of voters saying they would support Musk's proposal.


After months of skirmishes with the media that questioned his company profitability, involving slow pace of Model 3 production and authorities' probes into the performance of Tesla's autopilot.

Like Trump, Musk communicates directly to a massive Twitter audience - about 21.8 million followers, to be precise - and has been combative and defensive with the media for years.

Andrew J. Hawkins, a transportation reporter with tech website The Verge, tweeted that Musk was slowly transforming into a media-baiting Trump figure "screaming irrationally about fake news". "Hope you're feeling good too", Musk added. Because no one believes you any more. "You lost your credibility a long time ago", Musk responded in a tweet.

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