The media is in an all-out attack mode against Elon Musk as he continues to expose them as a subsidiary of the Democratic Party. They have little choice. Since the facts don’t help them they have fallen back on their old reliable strategy of making things up. The WaPo claims that Tesla stock is down because of Musk buying out Twitter and not because the company lost money this year.
That crisis accelerated as Tesla stock prices plunged nearly 20 percent this week to $123 per share on Friday, largely due to concerns about Musk. Also this week, roughly 58 percent of 17 million Twitter accounts that responded to an unscientific poll from Musk said he should step down as Twitter CEO, after helping create, then reverse new policies that proved controversial last weekend.
“Historically he’s been a pendulum between genius and reckless,” said Gene Munster, managing partner at Loup Ventures. “He’s on reckless right now. He’s way over recklessness.”
Munster added, “It leaves people to view him as slightly less of a genius.”
Musk is repeatedly described as a man obsessed with Twitter in all the wrong ways, who is failing both at protecting his new investment and his previous ones, according to interviews with a half-dozen former Twitter employees and people in Musk’s orbit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution or because they were not authorized to speak publicly about company matters.
The WaPo of course relied on “anonymous sources.” That is a standby the lamestream press uses when they have no sources. I could say that an anonymous source has told me that Joe Biden loves to pour ketchup on the kitchen floor in the White House and then he rolls around in it declaring that he identifies as a french fry, but that does not make it true.
Once Elon Musk took over Twitter and started mocking the liberal media, the liberal media was bound and determined to portray him as ruining his reputation. On Christmas morning, the headline on the front page of The Washington Post was “Musk’s Twitter drama depletes his stature: Erratic leadership spurs a crisis of confidence across tech empire.”
Online, it was “Twitter brings Elon Musk’s genius reputation crashing down to earth.” This hit piece by tech reporter Faiz Siddiqui was loaded with bitter anonymous sources.
The story began with an unnamed Twitter employee challenging Musk when he said Twitter’s code needed a complete rewrite: “One of the participants asked what he meant — pushing for him to explain it from top to bottom.” Musk then apparently said “Amazing, wow. You’re a jackass, what a moron.” Then Siddiqui added: “The incident highlights the new reality facing Musk, who also runs Tesla and SpaceX: a crisis of confidence in his once-unquestioned brilliance.”
This is what people should hate about recreated conversations from anonymous employees. We don’t have an actual quote challenging Musk, so we can judge just how hostile it was. But it’s created a “crisis of confidence.” His reputation for brilliance is “unraveling.”
"@elonmusk's reputation is in danger," says @axios Business Reporter @hopeking. "All of the macro conditions are against his favor. Market-share for $TSLA is down year-over-year. His reputation with Twitter is impacting his reputation when it comes to all of his companies." pic.twitter.com/iRBldsD78e
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) December 27, 2022