Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk gained the support on Thursday of more than half a million people on Twitter for plans to create a website evaluating journalists' credibility, spurred by his frustration at media reports about the electric auto maker. It was also the name of a Communist Party newspaper in the Soviet Union.
As many sites draw their attention to tackling fake news and questioning the credibility of "journalists", Tesla's Elon Musk might have the answer.
When Tesla opened up orders this week for the all-wheel drive Dual Motor and Performance versions of its Model 3, some reports suggested it was early and might complicate the company's ability to ramp up to 5,000 units a week.
In response, Musk took to Twitter to air his distrust of the "holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies". Because no ones (sic) believes you any more. "It is how they define themselves", he continued. After the poll ended Thursday, 681,097 Twitter users had voted, with 88 percent for "yes".
Musk has 21.8 million followers on Twitter and has tweeted more than four thousand times since he joined the site in June 2009. "Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn't advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel vehicle companies are among world's biggest advertisers", Musk tweeted. "You lost your credibility a long time ago", Musk responded in a tweet.
Musk is also the CEO of The Boring Company, which digs tunnels for future underground transportation, and Neuralink, which develops "brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers", according to Tesla's website.
Former NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman, who has done legal work in the past for the UAW, told Bloomberg News on Tuesday that Musk's tweet could be grounds for an NLRB complaint. Another politically progressive writer, Jessica Huseman of ProPublica, who appears to be similarly fixated on Donald Trump and truthiness - and likewise was triggered by Musk's tweets - construed the billionaire's stance as a "tantrum" and "ignorant" in a series of profanity-laden tweets culminating in a screed about injuries at Tesla's factory.