Elton Musk is mad. The 46-year-old billionaire went into a daylong Twitter tirade against the media, which ended with an online poll that called for plans to create a website that would judge journalists’ credibility. Musk has over 20 million followers, and almost 700,000 people showed support for his new website idea.
Musk is the chief executive of Tesla, and the company has been under a lot of criticism lately by the media over production bottlenecks for its Model 3 sedan, crashes involving the cars, and doubts about cash positions by Wall Street.
Musk talked about how Tesla is receiving negative headlines because journalists are “under constant pressure to get max click & earn advertising dollars.”
His new website would allow the public to rate journalists based on their credibility and how truthful people think they are. The website would be called “Pravda,” which is the Russian word for “truth.” It also happens to be the name of the official newspaper of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party.
Media reports about Tesla’s have included criticisms of its long stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls, and recent fatal crashes. In March, the driver of a Model X died while on Autopilot mode after hitting a concrete median.
Musk is angered at the bad rep that his cars are getting, and said media companies “who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them.”
What will this new site, if created, mean for journalists and their credibility? Does popular opinion make anything right or wrong? 50% of you voted yes, majority is usually right, and 50% of you voted that, it’s dangerous. Read more on the story on the New York Post here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Does popular opinion make anything right or wrong? Elon Musk is launching “Pravda” a site that will rate journalists based on the public’s opinion of their content and trust.
Zip users in 129 cities and 36 states weighed in on this question.