Union charges that Elon Musk violated labor law with tweet

Marcus Newton
May 26, 2018

Tesla boss Elon Musk yesterday launched a scathing attack on the press in a series of tweets, eventually claiming he would launch a site that scores the credibility of journalists, editors and publications.

The website would be called "Pravda", the Russian word for "truth" and also the name of the official newspaper of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.

In his "big media companies" tweet, Musk included a link to an Electrek.Co article titled, "Tesla (TSLA) could rally as media negativity is "increasingly immaterial", says Baird".

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.

When labelled as a "a media-baiting Trump figure screaming irrationally about fake news" by one automotive reporter from The Verge, Musk responded by saying: "Why do you think he got elected in the first place?"

He continued to say that the problem stems from the fact journalists are "under constant pressure to get max clicks and earn advertising dollars or get fired", before pointing out that Tesla doesn't advertise while traditional vehicle manufacturers are among the world's biggest advertisers.

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The billionaire contended that the hostile media's advertising clients include Tesla's biggest competitors - "fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel vehicle companies".

Musk also said on Twitter a few days later that the company was dependent on sales of those more profitable Model 3s to stay afloat financially. Earlier this month Musk stated that he was starting a candy company and later indicated that he was "super, super super" serious about the venture. "It is how they define themselves", he continued. "You lost your credibility a long time ago".

Some five hours later, Musk tweeted: "For some reason, this is the best I've felt in a while".

Musk urged the media to promote the poll if "they didn't want Pravda to exist", then tweeted again, saying he may call the site "You're Right" instead.

In recent weeks, Tesla has faced a stream of departures by high executives as Model 3 production has fallen behind schedule, and Musk's odd Twitter persona has not reassured Wall Street analysts that things are getting better at Tesla.

Executive turmoil at Tesla continues apace: Now the electric automaker's engineering head is "taking some time off" from the company, Reuters reports.Doug Field, a senior vice president, .

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