Media bashing of Elon Musk is not journalism
The bashing of Elon Musk by the mainstream media is not journalism at all. In fact, I think it’s very disturbing that news sites are so obsessed with Elon Musk. They went from using his name to make money from clicks to inventing stuff about him or twisting his words for clicks.
remember that the wall street journal post from this weekend? The one who accused Elon Musk of having an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife and claimed that Elon and Sergey were no longer friends. This is an example.
The WSJ decision to uphold his already refuted article shows that journalistic ethics have been sold for clicks. It’s a sad day for journalism.
Also, I spoke to Sergey yesterday and he says neither he nor anyone he knows has spoken to the WSJ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 27, 2022
Not only did Elon Musk publicly deny the story, Nichole Shanahan’s attorney did too. In a statement to daily mail, the attorney said the WSJ report was not only false, but also defamatory.
“Make no mistake, any suggestion that Nicole had an affair with Elon Musk is not only a barefaced lie, but also defamatory.
Also, Elon Musk shared a photo of him and the Google co-founder with the New York Post and said he spoke with both parties who were adamant they were not the source behind the WSJ complaints.
Why is the mainstream media’s bashing of Elon Musk intensifying?
Why does the mainstream media hate Elon Musk so much? It’s a question i asked on twitter. It was rhetorical because many members of the Tesla community, including myself, suspect a few reasons.
Tesla’s refusal to buy advertising, Elon’s continued defense against trolls and, of course, clicks.
One thing I’ve noticed is that this hatred of Elon Musk is intensifying. And the WSJ’s refusal to retract his allegations reflects his rejection of journalistic ethics. According to a spokesperson for the outlet, “We are confident in our supply and stand by our reporting.”
This WSJ the article does not comply with the SPJ’s code of ethics.
The Society of Professional Journalists has its own code of ethics and in my opinion, this bestselling article on Elon Musk certainly does not fit that code.
These sources were not clearly identified and yet the WSJ stakes his reputation on these sources despite not even interviewing the parties involved. Another note of the SPJ’s code of ethics is to consider sources’ motivations before pledging anonymity.
In fact, journalists should reserve the anonymity of sources who may face danger, retaliation or other harm. And they need information that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
If the story was true, where is the evidence?
If the story of Elon Musk kneeling in front of Sergey Brin at a party was true, why are there no videos or photos? Surely it would be easy to pull out your phone, snap a photo, and post it to Twitter. Everyone wants photos of Elon Musk.
If we can see Elon vacationing with his friends in Greece, then surely the WSJ would like to see proof that Elon is doing what they said he did. How come we have no proof?
Ethics traded for Elon Musk’s rampage
The SPJ’s code of ethics also states that journalists must balance the public’s need for information with potential harm or discomfort. “The pursuit of information is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusion.”
The code also asks journalists to show compassion to those who may be affected by media coverage. Where is the compassion for Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Nichole Shanahan?
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