Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk and New York Times editor John Broder spent most of the month arguing with each other. Earlier this month, John Broder wrote a scathing review of the Tesla Model S after the car died while he was driving along the East Coast. Then Elon Musk made the logs of Broder’s drive public to prove that his review was unfair. To defend his review, Broder broke down every detail that Musk accused him of and responded with his own point-of-view. Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of The New York Times, has decided to play the mediator and Musk accepted her gesture.
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Here’s the backstory. Tesla Motors offered The New York Times an opportunity to test out a Tesla Motors Model S vehicle. John Broder had the responsibility of driving a Tesla Model S vehicle around the East Coast. The Model S ended up dying on him and it had to be towed away. Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk was pissed with Broder’s review, called B.S. on it, and published data logs about what he believed Broder did.
A few years ago, popular automotive show Top Gear made Tesla Motors look bad. They made it look like the car ran out of energy and pushed it back to the garage. After that experience, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk ensured that the company carefully logs drives. Top Gear had written a script before they even received the car — Tesla Motors found a copy of the script on a tablet while the car was being “tested.” John Broder of the New York Times wrote a scathing review of the Model S and so Musk published the logs of Broder’s drive. Below are some of the facts as published on the Tesla Motors blog:
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is fuming about a review that a Tesla Model S received in The New York Times last week. “I do not think this is a he said, she said situation,” stated Musk in an interview with Bloomberg West. “It is really black and white. The facts are the facts.” The New York Times reporter that wrote the review, John Broder, took a Tesla Model S out for a test drive on the East Coast where the weather was very cold. Broder claimed that the car could not keep a charge and that it died before reaching an intended destination.