Tesla’s Musk Still Striking Back at Falsified New York Times Model S Review


The proper course of action here for both sides in the New York Times versus Tesla Motors is probably to let the past fade away into automotive history.  But proper seems non-existent in this still-lively battle.

Tesla Model S in New York.

Tesla Model S in New York.

On Saturday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who was speaking at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, took one more swipe at The New York Times’ falsified Model S review. and

This time Musk called Broder’s “false” review of the Model S a “low-grade ethics violation.”

Quoting Musk:

“I would call it a low-grade ethics violation.  Not a Jayson Blair-crazy-fabrication variety, but I would call it low-grade. It was not in good faith—that’s an important point.”

Will this feud ever end?  Will this latest comment from Musk prompt The New York Times to strike back?

For the record, Musk says he has no problem with reviewers being critical of the Model S and is fine with negative feedback on the electric sedan, but says he’s got a “problem with false reviews.”

Musk is basically saying “don’t broder the Model S.”  That’ll make me upset.

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5 Comments on "Tesla’s Musk Still Striking Back at Falsified New York Times Model S Review"

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Bill Howland
While having a low opinion of the NY Times in general (specifically, all the lies they championed to start the Iraq War), in this case I’m ok with their article on the Model S. Margaret Sullivan (ex brief editor of the Buffalo News) writes bland statements to smooth ruffled feathers, neither helping Broder nor Tesla, and in general, confusing the General Public. I’ve meticulously gone over his test drive as well as the data charts provided by Tesla. Tesla did make 3 incorrect statements to Broder: 1). The ’25 mile range’ indication was a “software glitch” and should be ignored. UNTRUE, the car died on Cue later in the day. 2). The battery range will increase by running the heater and ‘conditioning it’. UNTRUE: Tesla chart #2 shows the only thing that will increase range is to charge it. http://insideevs.com/tesla-responds-to-ny-times-model-s-drive-broder-dro… 3). Take advantange of regenerative free electricity by turning off the cruise control and “accelerate and decelerate”. With rare exception, that is also Untrue. The person who told him that doesn’t understand what regeneration is in the first place, nor where the ‘free energy” ultimately comes from. Mr. Musk has needlessly picked a fight here by saying things like ”… Read more »
Bill Howland

Close observers will notice Musk is saying there is no issue with the Model S. I’m not sure Bob Lutz would talk like this, but that’s why I enjoy listening to Lutz. I find him refreshinging straightforward, other than one self-serving statement I’ve heard him say about cancelling the Cadillac Converj (obviously in retrospect a BIG mistake, as has been tacitly admitted by GM after releasing the car as the ETS, with almost no changes, 3 years late!).
Obviously Musk and I disagree on the meaning of Tesla’s own charts, but I’ve rehashed that before so I won’t go into it now.

Both here, and in the European Press conference regarding issuance of the ‘3 – phase S’, Musk is apparently taking the tack that any criticism of the vehicle, including extreme reluctance to discuss any technical items, is disappointing, as he must deflect all statements or discussions as “false reviews”. I believe a different CEO, say Lutz for instance, would have quietly accepted the review, put some insulation on the battery for “S 2.0”, and keep the stock price up.


50,000ft view:
1. Tesla ‘”‘told'”‘ Broder to unplug his vehicle when the meter read 32 miles and he wanted to go 61 miles.
2. Broder unplugged his vehicle when it said 32 miles of charge and he wanted to go 61 miles.
3. The car went 51 miles after Broder drove it past multiple other charging stations.


He should never of had to call Tesla in the first place…



He should never stop bringing it up. It probably cost him a few future customers…