Which he followed with immediate foreshadowing:
The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them https://t.co/Ay2DwCOMkr— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
Then came pushback:
The media has earned this mistrust. But maybe there is a solution. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
And now it is buckle your seatbelt time.
Musk continues his slow transformation into a media-baiting Trumpscreaming irrationally about fake news. Hope it works out for you dude! https://t.co/CtHkOip747 — Andrew J. Hawkins (@andyjayhawk) May 23, 2018
You don’t see many appearances of “this is why Trump won” from Elon’s circles.
Thought you’d say that. Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks “You’re just like Trump!” Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no ones believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired. Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn’t advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel car companies are among world’s biggest advertisers. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
He did finally get to the reveal.
Oh hey another sanctimonious media person who thinks he’s above criticism. Try being truthful & the public will believe you again. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
And he took the pulse.
Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda … — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
But still more:
Create a media credibility rating site (that also flags propaganda botnets) — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
Even if some of the public doesn’t care about the credibility score, the journalists, editors & publications will. It is how they define themselves. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
It’s an interesting idea, and he… wait sorry, more burns.
Not only needs to be botproof, but seek & unmask anyone operating a disinformation bot army — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
OUCH. Still, the “why he got elected in the first place” tweet was the clear winner. Even this guy thought so:
No, they’re just some rich kids in Berkeley who took their political science prof too seriously — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
On the right, it is considered a matter of record, or at least article of faith, that media bias and media attitudes are a large part of the reason Trump was elected. From the point of view of Trumpists and conservatives alike, the primary battle in the war against the elites is the fight with the mainstream media. Elon Musk just played that tune like he was born the Pied Piper. This will undoubtedly become part of the broader conservative narrative version of “wokeness”, along with tweets from Kanye West and any other members of the cultural A-list who criticize the press. You can also expect liberal and media retaliation. Stay tuned.
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