Ever since Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk began actively helping hospitals fight COVID-19, the media began a campaign against him. Journalists and news outlets actively and without hesitation daily publish articles in which they indicate inaccurate and sometimes untruthful information. Thus, in addition to receiving additional traffic, they mislead ordinary people who, not owning an information, trust their articles.
After CNN published an article stating that no California hospital received ventilators from Tesla, Musk was forced to intervene. He provided screenshots of emails between himself and a Los Angeles County health department official dated March 27, indicating county officials had tested the devices and intended to put them into use the next day. Musk also posted a screenshot of an email from the CEO of Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Stating that the ventilators "give us a fighting chance."
In addition, he provided a partial list of hospitals that received a donation from Tesla. The hospitals include facilities in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington and New York, which stands as the US epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Partial list of hospitals to which Tesla sent ventilators pic.twitter.com/sfI6yuUbrM— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2020
The list of hospitals that received a donation from Tesla is impressive. Hospitals use the resulting ventilators to save lives. The facilities named also include a number of overseas hospitals in countries like Spain. The largest shipment - 59 ventilators - went to NYC Health + Hospitals.
Hospitals in Spain thank Tesla and Musk for being able to send vital ventilators so quickly.
We feel inmensely grateful to @Tesla and @elonmusk for the donation of ventilators to #HospitalIfema. It is wonderful to count on their support in this critical situation. We are all in this together!#IFEMAeresTú | #EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos pic.twitter.com/uTJO5bNZDz— IFEMA (@feriademadrid) April 16, 2020
Nuestro más sincero agradecimiento a @Tesla y @elonmusk por la enorme ayuda desinteresada enviada desde EEUU en tiempo récord al servicio de Medicina Intensiva - UCI de Burgos.— UCI Burgos (@UciBurgos) April 16, 2020
Los profesionales y pacientes del Hospital Universitario de Burgos os estaremos siempre agradecidos. pic.twitter.com/bjFZQFMcZo
The CNN journalist who wrote an article with false accusations did not verify the information he received. After Musk denied what was written in the article, the information there was slightly corrected, but it still did not reflect the truth.
CNN printed a misleading story that @elonmusk rebutted with public statements by hospitals and emails from CA officials.— Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) April 16, 2020
8 hours later, still no retraction.
They got clicks though. Sold some ads. And isn't that what matters for a media corporation? https://t.co/81SwGdoHSb pic.twitter.com/tQ2KUjBxZ5