for publishing "only enough to sugarcoat the lie,"
while claiming to be a beacon of truth.
He said that he doesn't
advertise for Tesla, his electric car company, which means that he
contributes no money to the media, who depend on advertising dollars
to stay in business.
When it comes time to cover a story that involves these industries, journalists, and media organizations have an obvious bias and conflict of interest that will influence their coverage of the story even if they were not given explicit orders to create propaganda.
One of the dark secrets of the advertising industry is the fact that commercials are not always intended to sell something, but are sometimes an undercover bribe, which corporations use to control the narrative on the sponsored news sources.
An obvious example of
this is how military arms suppliers like Boeing or Lockheed Martin
will advertise on major networks despite the fact that their
products are not available for sale to the people watching the
The same goes for
recruitment ads for the military, these serve the double purpose of
recruiting and also controlling the narrative of the media outlet by
becoming their sponsor.
He also put up a poll asking his followers if it would be a good idea, or gave the sarcastic option of,
Musk suggested that he
would call his site "Pravda," and while it would seem that these
were thoughts coming off the top of his head, one Twitter follower
pointed out that one of Musk's agents "incorporated Pravda Corp in
California" in October 2017.
Of course, any type of rating system is dependant upon the opinions of the masses, which can sometimes be wrong, and are almost always controversial.
However, this seems to be
the best model that has been proposed thus far, and it does not seem
to favor the mainstream media as other popular "fact checkers" do.