In today’s day and age the media is constantly pushing their own narrative. Most of the time that narrative is being pushed to them by politics. Sometimes it can come across very subtly, while other times it can be extremely obvious. One thing I always like to do is question the motive behind the narrative being pushed.
I saw an article today titled “Tesla crashes into home after driver attempts to put it in reverse”. I am a Tesla owner myself so I know some of the myths and misconceptions that people have about Teslas compared to their reality.
Contrary to popular belief, there is not a major learning curve when driving a Tesla. For me the hardest part to get use to was not turning the car on or off when getting in or out of the vehicle. Yes, with auto steer and auto pilot, FSD, there are some additional technology features that may take some getting used to. However, it is still just an automobile and can be controlled completely by the human driver.
That being said, it’s pretty apparent to me that this incident is the responsibility of the driver and not the vehicle. So that really begs the question why was Tesla used in the title of the article? Cars crash into houses all the time yet their makes or model are not typically listed in the headlines. So why Tesla?
Elon Musk is a very polarizing figure. Some say he’s the real life version of Iron Man. But recently he has gained many critics, especially those on the political left. He has gone as far as to say that he would be voting Republican for the first time in his life because of how crazy Democrats currently are.
Of course this has spurred outrage from those on the political left. And it’s not surprising that those on the left that hold office or not his biggest fans. When discussing energy efficiency and electric vehicles the White House completely overlooked Tesla. NASDAQ recently dropped Tesla from their energy shares. And around the same time that Elon made his statements regarding politics he was hit with a sexual assault claim.
It’s pretty obvious here, to me at least, that politics are playing a part in the bias it is trying to create against Tesla and a Musk. The tactics being used are very similar to how when the media reports a crime they include the race of the victim only if the victim is a minority. Or, if the person committing the crime is white.
So why does the media do this? Well, it makes sense from the race perspective that they do it to help perpetuate the narrative of racism in America. If everyone believed that there was no racism in America then politicians couldn’t pander for those votes.
So why Tesla? Well I think it’s pretty apparent that Musk is upsetting those on the left. With his initial offer to purchase Twitter and save freedom of speech their reactions and response confirmed everyones theories that Twitter had been censoring those on the right unjustifiably. This is seen as a threat to politicians who are constantly trying to control the narrative to pander to their voting base.
In the end I believe it’s everyone’s individual responsibility to do their own research and investigating when it comes to the topics that matter to them without taking anything the media tells them at face value. In the day where we label everything misinformation or disinformation that is later deemed to be accurate and true, you can’t take anything at face value.