Do automotive firms bribe journalists, and in that case, how precisely do they do that? In a video by Sam Alexander shared on YouTube titled “How Automobile Corporations Bribe Journalists,” Sam addressed the authorized ways in which automotive firms akin to Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, Volkswagen, and others are in a position to bribe journalists for optimistic protection. Sam famous that the one automaker that doesn’t play this recreation is Tesla and he shared how this impacts the reporting on Tesla generally.
Sam opened his video about Tesla’s high quality management and requested if this was a reliable drawback or one which automotive journalists are simply amplifying, because it’s not a good, apples-to-apples comparability.
“It really may be that these journalists aren’t really evaluating apples to apples. Bribery and corruption within the media appear to be simply details of life at this level in historical past. And whereas many acknowledge that truth with regards to politics, a number of folks appear to consider it doesn’t stray out of the political world.”
Sam defined that he usually will get requested about why he calls out so many media shops for his or her clear and current biases in opposition to Tesla in addition to EVs. He defined that the aim of this specific video ought to assist reply that query.
Lots of Tesla’s critics discover me on Twitter, by my private jewellery web site, or on different social websites akin to Instagram and infrequently accuse me of spreading Tesla propaganda. I personal one share of Tesla (needed to promote the opposite one), but even Benzinga made it appear as if I’m making substantial income in its article about Elon Musk’s response to one among my CleanTechnica articles.
“’Whereas that’s not, for my part, a criminal offense, it needs to be famous that VW is a competitor to Tesla and Germany is VW’s territory. That apart, the larger concern is coal,’ Johnna Crider, who has private investments in Tesla, wrote for CleanTechnica.”
I believe it’s unfair what number of within the media have handled Tesla supporters, clients, and even different writers like myself who cowl Tesla pretty. And among the nuttier critics have even despatched me horrid messages on my private web site — all as a result of they actually hate Tesla. You’ll suppose I used to be supporting an unpopular political candidate or one thing as an alternative of advocating for electrical autos and sustainability.
Nevertheless trivial it could appear, Sam identified that the automotive trade offers the clearest view that he’s discovered in regards to the energy dynamic between huge companies, authorities, lobbying, the media, and finally find out how to manipulate the patron.
“You may consider it as a case research of kinds. A case research of how energy corrupts, and the pursuit of revenue maximization in any respect prices can’t be an organization’s finish objective. Identical to in life, there have to be one thing extra necessary than simply cash on the coronary heart of the enterprise or they’ll ultimately get misplaced in that pursuit.”
Tesla’s finish recreation, not like most of the automotive producers, isn’t revenue maximization in any respect prices. Tesla has been very vocal about its mission of accelerating the transition to sustainability. In August 2021, whereas he was at Giga Berlin, Elon Musk gave an inspiring message. He mentioned,
“Do you need to get up each morning every part is only a drawback? However what conjures up you? What makes you excited in regards to the future? There’s acquired to be some issues like that.”
In his video, Sam touched upon the connection between media shops, and extra particularly for this video, auto journalists and their relationship with automotive producers.
“Automotive journalists are being paid with out technically being paid in an effort to write a extra optimistic evaluate of the vehicles. They’re usually flown to fancy locations and put up in five-star lodges and given costly meals all paid for by the automotive firms in order that they will evaluate a brand new automotive.”
After I went to the 2 Tesla occasions (Plaid and AI Day), I needed to borrow cash from buddies to pay for the flights. I used to be additionally fortunate to have buddies from the Tesla group within the space to assist me with locations to remain and attending to and from the occasions. It was the Tesla group who helped me from the kindness of their hearts. I also needs to say that the Tesla group additionally helped my space throughout Hurricane Ida. I deliver this up as a result of transparency is necessary. Nevertheless, to repeat: Tesla hasn’t coated my flights, lodge stays, or the rest.
Elon Musk has been variety to me up to now. He donated to charities in my state throughout Hurricane Laura. He’s additionally donated to different causes which can be close to and expensive to him as effectively. However I don’t suppose this counts towards paying me to jot down good issues.
I believe Sam’s video could be very informative and it’s a must-watch for everybody — particularly these of us writing about vehicles. Personally, I’ll take it as constructive suggestions with the goal of enhancing my very own writing and striving for equity. I admit I is usually a little brutal in my honesty (particularly once I’m both keen about one thing or actually offended). Nevertheless, I’m human, too.