Tesla's Elon Musk vs. New York Times: Who is right?
Twitter lit up with reaction after Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised the stakes in his battle with John Broder of the New York Times over a bad review of the Model S. Musk released data Wednesday which he says shows that the vehicle never ran out of battery charge as Broder claimed.
- Elon Musk's blog post, says among other things, that Broder did not fully charge the Model S at each of four charging spots.
- Elon Musk took his battle to Twitter, saying earlier this week that he is "not against the NYTimes in general. They're usually fair..."
- Then, Musk went to work with engineering precision and dissected this New York Times review in which Broder recounts being forced to have the Tesla loaded onto a flatbed truck because it was out of juice, he said. When the facts didn’t suit his opinion, he simply changed the facts," Musk wrote. The New York Times denies this.
- This story by the San Jose Mercury News recaps the latest in the battle
- Who is right? What is true? This story by TheAtlanticWire linked below nicely breaks down Musk's claims and Broder's responses, including Musk's assertion the Broder took a long detour to a charging station- Broder says he had trouble finding it. Broder also responded to Musk's data which Musk says shows Broder did not lower the car heat to save energy has reported in the New York Times story.
- Plenty of people were impressed with the CEO's use of data to take on the New York Times.
- Other news outlets such as ENGADGET have reviewed the Model S in past test drivers
- The New York Times reporter, John Broder was getting his share of comments directed at him on Twitter
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- Priya KumarI enjoyed this Storify (especially the picture of the Nissan Leaf; I hadn't seen that). I think it's important to point out, as Pando Daily's Hamish McKenzie...I enjoyed this Storify (especially the picture of the Nissan Leaf; I hadn't seen that). I think it's important to point out, as Pando Daily's Hamish McKenzie did here (http://pandodaily.com/2013/02/15/elon-musk-should-stop-whining-and-let-his-data-do-the-talking/) that while Musk used data in his rebuttal, most of his argument was based on emotion and anger, rather than data analysis.more2013-02-20T15:21:54.456Z