The Washington Post ran a hit piece on the world’s richest man Elon Musk and the company he runs.
The title read: “Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity. Can Tesla run on Autopilot?” And the subtitle: “Investors fear a world where Musk no longer leads the company. But his attention is already going elsewhere.”
The piece argues that Musk is stretched too thin:
But critics say the rigors of Musk’s personal schedule, and the seeming cult of personality that has developed around him, are beginning to show in the car company he runs — the one that he took from an upstart pioneer in electric vehicles to the world’s most valuable automaker. Musk, they say, is drowning in outside commitments like his aerospace company and other endeavors while letting quality — and strategy — at Tesla fall victim. And there are familiar concerns.
The article hits Musk over his move to Texas and his focus on new aerospace manufacturing company, SpaceX.
And like so many Californians who have become fed up with the state’s politics and frequent natural disasters, Musk last year relocated to Texas, acknowledging in December he had moved.
As Musk moved and focused more energy on SpaceX, Tesla employees said he didn’t have the same presence he once did. Special requests from Musk dwindled.
It goes on to describe the problems with each of the vehicles in the Tesla lineup, suggesting that if Musk had kept his eye on the ball, these issues wouldn’t have arisen.
And they quote a nervous investor:
“There have been years past where some of his behavior was horrifying and had cost huge costs especially from his little tussle with the SEC,” said Ross Gerber, a Tesla investor and supporter of Musk who is close to the company. “And he’s come a long way. What I’m worried about is his success makes him a little bit loose again.”
It’s no secret that Amazon CEO and Founder, Jeff Bezos, who often trades places with Musk as the world’s richest man, owns The Washington Post.
The newspaper, whose motto is “Democracy dies in darkness,” contacted Musk asking for a comment on the article.
Musk’s response? “Give my regards to your puppet master.”
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