As Twitchy reported Wednesday, SpaceX founder and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk went on a tear against the media, railing against their “holier-than-thou hypocrisy.”

Musk even went so far as to suggest starting a website that the public could use to rate journalists and took a Twitter poll that backed him up significantly. A whopping 88 percent said the media credibility rating site (which Musk jokingly said would be called “Pravda”) would be a good idea.

Musk’s calling out of journalists inspired The New York Times’ “conservative” columnist, Bret Stephens, to accuse Musk of threatening to create a “Soviet-style apparatus” to keep tabs on the media.

Stephens writes:

He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept. He’s a billionaire whose business flirts with bankruptcy. He’s sold himself as an establishment-crushing iconoclast when he’s really little more than an unusually accomplished B.S. artist. His legions of devotees are fanatics and, let’s face it, a bit stupid.

The whole thing is more a hit piece on Musk and Tesla (deserved or not) than it is a criticism of his media-rating site, but that idea certainly does seem to have struck a nerve.


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