Tesla’s Elon Musk Goes After CNN For Posting Fake News

Written By BlabberBuzz | Source: Political Insider | Friday, 17 April 2020 18:58

Elon Musk attacked CNN for posting fake news claiming he had not delivered on his promise to produce ventilators for California hospitals.

Musk: “What I Find Most Surprising is That CNN Still Exists”

In March, Musk promised that he and Tesla would donate over 1,000 ventilators to California hospitals. On Thursday, CNN produced an article that claimed that Musk had never made good on his promise, claiming that the governor’s office told them “none of the promised ventilators have been received” by the hospitals

. “Despite the claims, none of the ventilators promised by Musk have been delivered to hospitals, according to the governor’s office,” the article reads. It also includes a statement from the California governor’s Office of Emergency Services, saying that “the Administration is communicating every day with hospitals across the state about their ventilator supply and to date we have not heard of any hospital system that has received a ventilator directly from Tesla or Musk.”

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Musk proceeded to shoot back in a series of tweets.

“What I find most surprising is that CNN still exists,” Musk responded in a quick barb.

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Musk then posted a number of screenshots from emails that directly contradicted CNN’s claims. One shows a Tesla employee asking Phillip Franks, Director of System Operations and Support Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, if “these ventilators went into use” by the hospitals.

“They worked great during testing today,” Franks replied. “We will put these to use tomorrow. Thanks!”

A second email is shown from Tom Parker, the CEO of Mammoth Hospital.

“I add… my thanks for the generous gift to our hospital from Mr. Musk and Tesla,” the email reads. “These ventilators will be quickly deployed in our hospital in anticipation of the coming wave of patients who will be suffering from the most severe effects of COVID-19.”

More Fake News!

Matt Dornic, a reporter for CNN, responded to Musk that it was “weird to attack CNN  for what the CA governor’s office said – especially when your own spokespeople at Tesla didn’t respond to requests for comment. Seems like your outrage should, uh, be directed at the entity that made the claim, not the one that reported it.”

However, Musk wrote back that the hospitals had clearly acknowledged the donations on Twitter – CNN clearly didn’t do their research!

Now CNN’s excuse is that they weren’t the “correct” ventilators. In an updated article, they said that of the hospitals they spoke to, they had received bilevel positive airway pressure (biPAP) or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, not “full ventilators.” But if these didn’t count as ventilators, then why do the hospital teams refer to them as such? If bilevel machines can deliver ventilation as their article acknowledges, why is Musk wrong?

CNN as usual wants to save face and not get caught up in their lies.

CNN Huffs: Virus Origin Question 'a Distracting Mechanism'

This article was sourced from NewsBustersCNN Newsroom host Brianna Keilar and national security correspondent Kaylie Atwood theorized on Thursday that increased focus on the possibility that the current pandemic began as a lab accident in Wuhan and not at a wet market is just another attempt by the White House and its allies to distract from the administration's failures.

Keilar reported on the news that the lab accident explanation is being looked into, but that CNN's sources say any definitive conclusion would be premature and that Beijing continues to deny them. Introducing Atwood, Keilar thought the timing of the report was too convenient, "of course, this is coming as the administration is also fused on deflecting blame and focusing instead on the Chinese."

Atwood agreed, "Yeah, that's right. That is extremely important context here, Brianna. We have seen the Trump administration and allies of the president try to deflect criticism by criticizing others for how they have handled the outbreak of this pandemic. It is a distracting mechanism."

Still, Atwood was forced to concede that the question of the virus's origins is a legitimate one, "but at the same time there are remaining questions about the precise origin of this novel coronavirus. So national security and intelligence officials have told us that the U.S. government is looking into the possibility that this novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab instead of a wet market ... and it's important to note that in the context of this conversation, the Chinese government has not been forthcoming over the last few months with regard to information they have provided the world about this pandemic."

Why can't the media just criticize the Chinese government or the World Health Organization. Why must they always qualify it with a "but, Trump?" Not everything has to be about Trump.

Here is a transcript of the April 16 show:

CNN

CNN Newsroom

3:26 PM ET

BRIANNA KEILAR: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today says the U.S. government is quote, “working diligently to figure out the origin of the coronavirus.” Sources tells CNN they are specifically looking into whether the virus spread a Chinese laboratory rather than a market as previously reported. Now while those source say it's premature to draw any conclusions, China continues to deny this accusation. CNN’s Kylie Atwood is joining us now live from the State Department and Kylie, tell us about this, because of course, this is coming as the administration is also focused on deflecting blame and focusing instead on the Chinese. KYLIE ATWOOD: Yeah, that's right. That is extremely important context here, Brianna. We have seen the Trump Administration and allies of the president try to deflect criticism by criticizing others for how they have handled the outbreak of this pandemic. It is a distracting mechanism, but at the same time there are remaining questions about the precise origin of this novel coronavirus. So national security and intelligence officials have told us that the U.S. Government is looking into the possibility that this novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab instead of a wet market. Now there not saying that there's any reason to believe that this is a bioweapon, this was a manmade bioweapon, but rather it could have spread from a Chinese lab accidentally and it's important to note that in the context of this conversation, the Chinese government has not been forthcoming over the last few months with regard to information they have provided the world about this pandemic and that's one thing that Secretary Pompeo highlighted when he spoke about this last night and said that the U.S. is working to get to the origin of this virus.

This article was sourced from Political Insider

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