Elon Musk responds to another Washington Post’s hit piece: “For the 100th time, please give my regards to your puppetmaster”
The feud between the once world’s richest man Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO and the world’s richest person Elon Musk doesn’t seem to be cooling anytime soon. According to The Insider, the Musk-Bezos rivalry appears to date back to back to 17 years ago the two CEOs met for dinner to discuss the rocket companies’ personal ambitions in space. That was probably the last time the two sat down together and their rivalry has been going on ever since.
As you may recall, a little over a year ago, we wrote about Musk and The Washing Post after the Bezos’ owned newspaper published a hit piece about him and Tesla. At the time, The Post argued that the electric car company he founded relied too much on him. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Washington Post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper in August 2013 for $250 million in cash.
It all started on January 7, 2020, when Elon Musk became the world’s richest person with a net worth of more than $185 billion, surpassing Jeff Bezos. By January 19, 2021, Elon Musk’s estimated net worth climbed to $197 billion versus Bezos at $182 billion, according to data from Investopedia.
A month later, The Post published a less-than-flattering piece about Musk, titled “Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity. Can Tesla run on Autopilot?” with the subhead: Investors fear a world where Musk no longer leads the company. But his attention is already going elsewhere.”
Fast forward a year later, The Washington Post published another hit post on Musk yesterday with this line of how “officials have tried to appeal to Musk’s ego and have upped threats to force Tesla into line.”
In a piece titled, “How auto regulators played mind games with Elon Musk,” The Post opined:
“The regulators knew Musk could be impulsive and stubborn; they would need to show some spine to win his cooperation. So they waited. And in a subsequent call, “when tempers were a little bit cool,” the official said, Musk agreed to cooperate: “He was a changed person.”
The newspaper goes on to state it contacted Tesla and Musk but they “did not respond to specific questions in a detailed request for comment.” The Post added:
“Musk said in an email, “For the 100th time, please give my regards to your puppetmaster,” referring to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. In a subsequent email, he also criticized The Post’s paywall for online articles.”
However, Musk said that that was not exactly what he said. Instead, Musk shared the actual mail which reads:
“The Washington Post should change its tagline to “democracy dies behind our paywall.” if you’re so concerned about democracy, stop forcing people to pay for(allegedly) important news! your boss besos can certainly afford it, even after buying a support yacht for his yacht.”
Ah yes, I see they decided to editorialize. Here’s what I actually said: pic.twitter.com/EPqtX7DLyl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2022
Meanwhile, below is a tweet from Journalist Trung Phan of a picture of the two men at a dinner in 2008 along with University of Chicago professor Sendhil Mullainathan.
In 2004, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos met for a meal to discuss space.
It was one of their few in-person interactions.
That conversation perfectly captures the different approaches they've taken to space (and why SpaceX has pulled ahead of Blue Origin).
Here's the story 🧵 pic.twitter.com/g1XtoheHeY
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) July 17, 2021