The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took a nasty jab at the Washington Post when they contacted Elon Musk for a comment about an article that criticized him for stretching himself too thin between business ventures.
The WaPo story asserts that flagship Tesla’s quality is tanking as Musk focuses on other business ventures including SpaceX and Starlink.
“In interviews with a dozen current and former Tesla employees, investors and analysts, critics pointed to a series of questionable business moves, and even outright missteps by Tesla, as a potential symptom of the outside demands on Musk,” the article stated.
A regulatory finding the company submitted in February read: “We are highly dependent on the services of Elon Musk, our Chief Executive Officer and largest stockholder. Although Mr. Musk spends significant time with Tesla and is highly active in our management, he does not devote his full time and attention to Tesla.”
The post slammed Tesla’s Model S and Model Y cars, claiming the S’s steering wheel would “likely be scrutinized by regulators,” and poor sales of the Y caused the company to slash the price by $3,000. One critic blamed Musk for the failures, “There isn’t a culture at Tesla really other than ‘let’s do what Elon wants to do.”
The paper took a shot at Musk for his disgruntlement over the California lockdowns, calling his reaction a “public meltdown.” In April he commented, “To say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do, this is fascist. This is not democratic — this is not freedom.”
When the Post asked for Musk’s comment about the article, he replied: “Give my regards to your puppet master.” In reference to WaPo’s owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is Musk’s direct competitor in the satellite internet race.
Bezos just regained the top spot of the world’s wealthiest man after Tesla stock dropped 20% and Musk lost 15 billion dollars.