Published on April 19, 2020 |
by Johnna Crider
April 19, 2020 by Johnna Crider
Elon Musk takes some heat to distribute fans. CNN published an article claiming that Elon Musk had not supplied any fans to California. The article was titled, “Elon Musk’s promised respirators have never been delivered to hospitals in California, according to the governor’s office.” This would lead many to believe that Elon is only making empty promises. The problem is that this is not what happened.
Elon took Twitter to share an email exchange which clearly indicates that the title was false and asked the Governor of California to correct information shared by his office inaccurately with the media (or inaccurately reported). In addition, Elon went and shared a partial list of hospitals that he and Tesla helped.
He added: “These were based on direct requests from their intensive care units, with the exact specifications of each unit provided before shipment. “
CNN Matt Dornic accused Elon Musk of attacking CNN and said that his “indignation should, uh, target the entity that made the claim, not the one that reported it. Are you new to this? However, it is not the job of a news agency to report facts, not false statements – and part of that requires research. I really do not see how to ask someone to correct a misunderstanding “attacks” them.
You may not know that Twitter has a search function? The hospitals * themselves * have acknowledged receipt of the ventilators.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2020
Everyone can look through Elon’s likes (tweets he liked) and see many doctors and nurses sharing images and tweets thanking Elon Musk for the fans. If I can do it, CNN can also do it. It’s just common sense, really.
We are extremely grateful to @You’re here and @Elon Musk for donating fans to #HospitalIfema. It’s wonderful to be able to count on their support in this critical situation. We are all in there!# IFEMAeresTú | #EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos pic.twitter.com/uTJO5bNZDz
– IFEMA (@feriademadrid) April 16, 2020
– MLKCH (@yourMLKCH) April 9, 2020
The truth is, many media outlets love to portray Elon Musk as the villain and will ignore the facts by pretending they are not there, just to accommodate the twists and turns of their cherry-picked storylines. Any negative press article with the words “Elon Musk” or “Tesla” generates a lot of clicks. That’s why, in my opinion, they do.
Money is always the first in our society. Even when it is done at the expense of people. In this case, Elon Musk, Tesla and even the hospitals helped are injured. There is no shortage of fans. It is the desire to make a factual report in an impartial manner that is lacking. The desire to look at the facts before you is what is missing.
Editor’s note: It seems to me that all of this controversy has centered around the fact that the fans donated by Tesla were non-invasive fans, not the kind that many assumed. However, from all I’ve seen, it sounds like a pointless pedantic controversy that doesn’t help anyone at all. The intention of CNN story and others like it is confusing if not just to try to smear the image of Elon Musk / Tesla. We contacted doctors who were happy to receive donations from Tesla and medical staff who were trying to get the same for hospitals in their area. Additionally, as has been repeatedly pointed out, everyone from Johns Hopkins University to Wikipedia, through Governor Cuomo and the doctors we contacted, said that Tesla’s donations are in fact donations. types of fans.
You think they would at least be informed on Wikipedia about the fans! It clearly articulates the difference between invasive and non-invasive. It is very misleading for the public to claim that only invasive types are “real ventilators.” Http://t.co/wHkAQ9177V
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2020
4. Non-invasive ventilators seem to be more useful for non-serious cases because they do not damage the lungs like invasive ventilators
5. How many fans has CNN donated? Just curious.
– Viv ? (@flcnhvy) April 18, 2020
I think Matt Dornic argues that Tesla should have responded to requests for comment on this. The story could have been very different if Tesla had responded with the same confirmation that Elon posted on Twitter. Having said that, to make a mistake in a story is to make a mistake in a story, and that is as much the responsibility of the narrator as anyone else. And it’s not like there isn’t a lot of public confirmation that hospitals are receiving these non-invasive ventilators. And I don’t know the circumstances at Tesla that led to a non-response to CNN about this topic.
We haven’t covered this for days. But nonsense has built up and gotten so boring that we wrote an article about it. We have much better things to write about, but CNN, and that’s the point.
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