1st September 2013
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Elon Musk’s attack on “fake” New York Times article prompts lots of Tesla talk

Despite an official promise that Tesla Motors would respond to the online kerfuffle kicked up yesterday between The New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the official Tesla website remained silent today. The wait doesn't mean the internet has been mute on this subject, though. That's just not how it works. First up, Broder's detailed response to Musk tweeting that his article about running out of electricity was a 'fake' is clear ...
24th August 2013
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NY Times, Tesla Continue War of Words Over Electric-Car Review

By Jonathan Welsh Getty Images Tesla Model S Electric-car maker Tesla Motors, which is involved in a dispute with the New York Times over a review the newspaper ran of its Model S electric-powered sedan, released a long statement about the matter on its blog. The message includes several charts displaying data Tesla said it logged during the test-drive. The car company said its information indicates several parts of the article are inaccurate. The Times said stands by a statement it made ...
5th August 2013
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NYT’s Tesla Model S trouble report is “fake,” says Elon Musk [UPDATE]

Remember that episode of Top Gear, where the notoriously anti-EV crew pushed a Tesla Roadster to show what would happen if the car's battery had run out of juice? And then Tesla got all litigious and filed suit (which the company eventually lost)? Well, we might be in for another public scuffle about the merits of electric vehicles. The New York Times recently sent John Broder out in a Model S between the two new Superchargers ...
1st August 2013
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Tesla’s Elon Musk offers “final” thoughts on NYT spat, but Twitter flames continue

For a while there, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was having a kumbaya moment after the public editor The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote that her publication may have been overzealous in its criticism of the Tesla Model S and admitted that Times reporter John Broder was not entirely precise with his mileage or speed logs. Musk, writing on the official Tesla blog post, thanked Sullivan and the Times for the response and also singled out ...
13th July 2013
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CNN recreates infamous Tesla Model S drive with miles to spare, others to try this weekend [w/video]

You knew this was coming, didn't you? Even more prisms through which to look at the failed (or is that 'failed'?) Tesla Model S drive up the East Coast that The New York Times reported on last weekend. We're going to assume you know what's been happening with this, but if not, then you can get caught up by reading this, this and this. All set? Good. Today, CNN reporter Peter Valdes-Dapena easily completed all of ...
6th July 2013
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NYT’s Tesla Model S trouble report is “fake,” says Elon Musk [UPDATE]

Remember that episode of Top Gear, where the notoriously anti-EV crew pushed a Tesla Roadster to show what would happen if the car's battery had run out of juice? And then Tesla got all litigious and filed suit (which the company eventually lost)? Well, we might be in for another public scuffle about the merits of electric vehicles. The New York Times recently sent John Broder out in a Model S between the two new Superchargers ...
5th July 2013
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Tesla takes New York Times to task for damning Model S review

The social media tête-à-tête between The New York Times and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, stemming from a defamatory review by John Broder of the Model S and Tesla's new 'Supercharger' network on the East Coast, is heating up in a major way. Just yesterday we summarized the Twitter spat, and now Musk has expanded upon the data recorded during Broder's test drive – adding major credence to the criticism of the NYT writer. The smoking gun ...
25th June 2013
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New York Times admits Tesla Model S writer didn’t use “good judgment” [Update]

And, lo, in the case of John Broder vs. Elon Musk, The New York Times is admitting defeat. A little bit. Sort of. 'Musk is at fault, too, for using the car's driving logs 'in the most damaging (and sometimes quite misleading) ways possible.' Yesterday, the NYT's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, wrote the official* Times response to the very public dispute between the newspaper's reporter, John Broder – who wrote a story about how a Tesla Model ...
21st June 2013
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NYT writer “cannot account” for discrepancy, still disputes Tesla Model S data

They can't both be right. When Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued his official response to The New York Times journalist John Broder's negative review of the Tesla Model S (well, a description of his charging and range problems, more than a review), Tesla said it would be the company's last word on the topic. So others spent the day investigating the data. Over at GigaOM, Katie Fehrenbacher learned five lessons from the public spat and our friends ...