Tesla CEO Elon Musk has actually accused a Company Insider reporter of acting “as a within trading source for one of Tesla’s most significant short-sellers” and “bribing” a former Tesla employee for information.It’s the latest example of Musk going after the media for their protection of Tesla. Last month, we discovered that a Tesla employee, Martin Tripp, had actually undermined software in the automaker’s production system and stolen data.Tesla is taking legal action against Tripp for leaking the data,
misrepresentating it in the media, and tinkering its production software.One of the stories that came out of the information that Tripp stole was that Tesla’s Model 3 production was producing an” outrageous quantity”of scrap at Gigafactory 1. The story was composed by Organisation Expert’s Linette Lopez. Tesla denied that the quantity of scrap was unusual for the level of production at the plant.It wasn’t the very first questionable story from Lopez about Tesla. She produced other
sensationalized posts like’ The robotics are killing Tesla’. Earlier this week, Lopez likewise published a report that declared that Tesla removed a”crucial test”from the Model 3 production procedure, which was framed as if Tesla was cutting corners in order to increase production.In action, Tesla stated that the test was redundant and didn’taffect the quality of its vehicles.Today, Musk addressed Lopez’s reporting: In another tweet, it went further
and Musk accused her of potentially paying off a previous worker for Tesla shorts: Lopez has yet to react to the accusations made by Musk.Electrek’s Take Without protecting the actual actions of Lopez and her coverage of Tesla on Business Expert, which has shown to be quite bad, I think Musk might be incorrect about her actual motive and the intention of other reporters who are typically composing hit pieces on Tesla.It’s true
that Lopez has actually frequently reported on the opinion of Jim Chanos, a recognized Tesla short, on the automaker. I do not think that it suggests it’s what is influencing her reporting.Early on when Chanos would blast Tesla in the media, we reported about it because he would frequently spread false information.
I can ensure you that his false information was more popular than our corrections– like it is often the case in the media.Popularity is typically the main motivation for those publications, particularly publications like Business Expert, which is totally unapologetic about being a clickbait factory.I understand where Musk is coming from with his suspicion that Tesla shorts or the fossil fuel industry lag the false information since they sometimes are,
but I believe that the most simple explanation is often the right one.In this case, I think it’s simply about clicks.But I ‘d like to know exactly what you think? Share your ideas in the comment area listed below.