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One thought on “DTNS 3307 – Musk: Listen all Y’all, It’s a Sabotage”
I think Patrick Beja’s response to the Tesla story was very, very odd.
Patrick raised the question; “I wonder how much of this is weaponized by Elon Musk to draw attention away from the lay-offs.”
Patrick ignored a crucial aspect:
The message about sabotage was an _internal email_. Of course, there is no way an email like that will remain internal, _of course_ there will be people who proceed to pass the content of that email on to journalists. Everyone is well aware of that, including Elon Musk. Having acknowledged that: the group that Elon Musk send it to was Tesla employees. Elon Musk did not send that email to journalists, he did not send it to shareholders. Also, while Elon Musk generally tweets several times a day, I don’t think he tweeted about this issue.
But Patrick Beja commented on the story as if Elon Musk had actively sought publicity.
Only seconds before that Sarah had started the story with the mention that the information came from a Tesla internal email.
Another odd occurrance:
In the internal email Elon Musk mentions about the individual that was caught:
“His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive.” In his email Elon Musk proceeds to propose that generally speaking acts of sabotage by an employee to a company will be motivated by disgruntlement. In the next paragraph Elon Musk discusses the possibility of sabotage at Tesla by incumbent industries.
Yet, when Tom Merritt discussed the story, he made it sound as if Elon Musk had put the blame of this particular sabotage on the incumbent industries.
These distortions illustrate how hard it is to do unbiased reporting. As you take in information, it gets coloured by your expectation pattern. Patrick’s memory of the story became distorted towards how he expected the story to be. Tom Merritt’s memory became distorted toward how he expected the story to be.
It seems to me these distortions tie in with the discussion in yesterday’s DTNS. Justin Robert Young pointed out that now, with the internet, we can often go to the primary source, and if the reporting was biased we can see that for ourselves.