Elon Musk Continues His Attack On The Media In Wake Of Model S Crash

Elon Musk’s attack on the media continues as the outspoken executive recently slammed people for reporting on a Tesla Model S that crashed into a fire department vehicle which was stopped at a red light in Utah.

Initial reports have suggested the car was in Autopilot mode at the time of the accident but that didn’t stop Musk from claiming the company is being treated unfairly. In a Twitter post, he said “It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage.”

While it’s true that most major outlets don’t cover individual accidents, it’s a misnomer to claim they get “almost no coverage.” Anyone familiar with local television or newspapers can tell you many fatal accidents are covered and, in some cases, repeatedly.

Musk is also conveniently ignoring the larger picture as Tesla and other automakers contend that autonomous driving technology is the future and can save countless lives. While that might be true, it should clear at this point that problems remain and no system, regardless of how safe, will be entirely fool proof.

Musk’s latest attack on the media isn’t too surprising as Tesla’s official blog is becoming more concerned with damage control than promoting its latest products. In a post last month titled “A Not So Revealing Story,” the automaker attacked a report on conditions at its Fremont factory and described it as an “ideologically motivated attack by an extremist organization working directly with union supporters to create a calculated disinformation campaign against Tesla.”

While Musk has the right to be upset about negative coverage, any revolutionary idea or technology will be widely covered. With that, comes both positive and negative stories.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Here we go again… as expected.

  • LWOAP
    • Jds65

      lmfao

  • TrevP

    Can we just move on with our lives? lol

  • robotlogic

    Maybe if Tesla changes the name of their autopilot to something like “Smart Drive” or “Steer Asist” then maybe STUPID people wouldn’t put so much blind trust in it and keep getting into accidents. Or maybe we should let Tesla keep killing them off, then we can finally get our flying cars.

    • smartacus

      therein lies the problem
      toastla is mostly bought
      by really stoopid drivers.

      If the smartest car is
      bought by the dumbest
      people, it becomes a
      public hazard that
      jeopardizes everyone.

  • Iberian Rekluse

    I’m starting to think Tesla must be doing a horrible job educating their customers on this new type of technology. And that’s only IF all these tesla mishaps are the drivers’ fault.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This pic is going to be meme’d forever, and not always in favorable ways.

    • Bash

      I can see that too.. lol

      • smartacus

        he looks like he just got finished getting the hot mustard :p

  • Joe E

    So embarrassing that he used the term “super messed up” in a tweet

  • MultiKdizzle

    YES – Musk’s tweets as of late have sounded increasingly Trumpian – no good thing.

    • Daniel

      “We are going to let all cars drive on electric for free and let the Saudis pay for it! “

      • smartacus

        Bibi owns the house of Saud.

  • BlackPegasus

    Well, is Elon wrong? The media blatantly ignores the 37,000 people killed on US highways each year driven by HUMAN drivers. But if a Tesla (or any semi/fully autonomous vehicle) gets a flat tire it’s breaking news. These are the same old school journalists trapped in 20th Century technology with their microwave ovens and out of sync idiot traffic lights. They prefer what’s familiar no matter how hypocritical and redundant.

    • LeStori

      Not exacly wrong. But he makes so much noise that he and his companies are media targets. And the media are a bunch of vultures out to get their pound of flesh.The only thing worse than the media are the Twitterati and their ilk. Rabid to the core.

      • Stephen G

        The media gives the people what they want. Stop wanting.

    • smartacus

      He successfully got the media to make tesla into a popular topic,
      but that constant media coverage works for better and for worse.

  • benT

    the photo sya it all for me!

    that to is my response.

  • salamOOn

    yeah, why take responsibility, change that stupid “autopilot” name, add a warning after every enabling of “autopilot”… lets rather focus on something else….

  • Nuno Costa

    While I don’t think that is a problem that there is a new story about that event, it’s fair that should be more context around the current state of things. There is no reference to the number of people that die or get injured every day that still relies on conventional driving. A good piece of journalism would also refer that data so that a viewer that is not aware of those numbers could still have build a fair opinion. In that sense, Musk being upset is a bit more understandable.

  • Nuno Costa

    I don’t agree with you in a couple of points. First, it actually is AutoPilot vs Conventional driving, since the long term goal is replace human driving with automated driving.

    Probably this is the same every time a new technology is introduced. When the first cars were around and were capable of achieving higher speeds than horses and people eventually get hurt or died, there were people saying that cars kill people. And they were right. But they were neglecting all the advantages that modern transportation brings.

    Giving the impression that automated driving is less safe than human driving is a disservice for everybody. It might be worst for a lot of other factors (excitement, freedom, privacy, etc) but security is not one of them.

    EM have skin in the game, and this type of news have been regular, regarding a company that keeps updating his cars with new technology, when is made available (even after a client purchased it. Not a lot of car companies do that). His frustration is there and IMO is understandable.

  • smartacus

    He simply cannot take on the media.
    Rush said something interesting:
    if the media can make you,
    the media can break you.

    That saying holds true here:
    the constant media coverage
    is what put them on the map.
    Even today; car sites still post
    3 or 5 toastla stories DAILY!

    He can’t go against the media.

  • smartacus

    also known as the snowflake melter 🙂
    http://www.wnd.com/files/2016/11/Hillary-fan-grief.jpg

  • Smith

    Pathetic

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