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Tesla's Musk bashes media, proposes credibility check



(TRE) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk gained the support of the electric car maker on Twitter for plans to create a website ,

FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk speaks at a Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California. May 17, 2018. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson

Electrek that criticized recent coverage of crashes of Tesla cars and pricing.

"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," Musk wrote.

"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 …, "he tweeted.

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

"The point of such a site would be to restore the credibility of the media. They do not realize how little credibility they actually have with the public, "he added.

By 9 a.m. ET, 583,000 people voted on Musk's poll with 88 percent supporting his plan.

Tesla has been battling negative press for several months over bottlenecks production for its Model 3 sedan, which has raised its cars and doubts.

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports said its Model 3 sedan, despite many positives, had "big flaws," including braking more slowly than a full-sized pickup truck. Musk has promised a fix in the next few days.

The billionaire businessman, who also runs rocket company SpaceX and underground transit venture Boring Company, uses Twitter to comment on various issues and gets thousands of likes and comments on his posts.

He has 21

.8 million followers on the microblogging site.

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".

"Thought you'd say that. Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks 'You're just like Trump!' Why do you think he was elected to the first place? Because no ones (sic) believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago, "Musk responded in a tweet.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham


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