Elon Musk has been shitting on Corporate Media today, says he’s 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 …](twitter.com/elonmusk/status/999367582271422464)
Pravda was a Russian broadsheet that used to be the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The word is Russian for “Truth”
(James O’keefe also published a book called American Pravda this year, but idk if Musk is a Project Veritas fan or it’s just a coincidence
First this tweet:
Leading to this article on negative coverage of Tesla in the news, quoting a Baird auto analyst who says
Negative headlines have increased substantially in the past month and, in our opinion, increasingly immaterial reports have dominated news cycles. We think we have hit a peak in negative coverage/sentiment, and believe shares could appreciate significantly with execution, which should coincide with an improvement in sentiment.
A Verge reporter replies “Musk continues his slow transformation into a media-baiting Trump figure screaming irrationally about fake news. Hope it works out for you dude!”
Musk responds, Thought you’d say that. Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks “You’re just like Trump!” Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no ones believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago.
Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired. Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn’t advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel car companies are among world’s biggest advertisers.
What Musk is alluding to here is that because they pay for advertising, the News will cover nothing happening with these companies unless they have no choice because it’s a massive scandal. Fossil fuels companies in particular have literally no other reason than this to advertise
Makes a poll:
- Yes, this would be good
- No, media are awesome
Wall Street Journal has already written an article on it (not for or against though) noting that Musk says things like this often without following through, but adding that :
One journalist retweeted Mr. Musk’s comments with a link to a California filing for a business incorporated last October called Pravda Corp., involving a person connected with other Musk ventures. “Er, he’s not kidding,” wrote the journalist, Mark Harris.
The article also notes “Mr. Musk’s proposal triggered criticism and praise, with some comparing his dislike of the media to that of President Donald Trump.” Guess that means elon musk is literally Hitler now ¯_(ツ)_/¯