In some corners of the world where Elon Musk’s word is taken as gospel, there’s a prevailing view that it’s irresponsible for news outlets to cover car crashes involving semi-autonomous technology as diligently as we’ve seen lately. Whether it’s Tesla investors stanning hard for the company, claiming “not one” reporter covers regular car crashes, or even journalists themselves casually agreeing with Musk, you see this perspective everywhere. It’s wrong. This view either represents an innate desire to prevent any scrutiny toward a still-very-new technology, or a complete lack of understanding of how journalism works. Perhaps both. Regardless, no one should take it seriously. Here’s a few examples of this, following news that a Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot crashed into a firetruck late last week: First, Ross Gerber, a Tesla super-fan who runs an investment firm that’s super bullish on the automaker: A clip from Fred Lambert of Tesla fanatic news site Electrek, which operates effectively as an in-house newsletter for the automaker: And Tesla CEO Elon Musk, hours before it came out that Autopilot was linked to this crash: The overarching view here is that, when compared to human-driven cars, it’s a farce to highlight crashes involving semi-autonomous… Read full this story
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