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  • Driving.ca is anti-Tesla

    Posted on March 13th, 2021 admin No comments

    Earlier, I wrote about one particular biased headline I’d found on driving.ca, a Canadian PostMedia web site. On further reading, driving.ca seems to have a considerable anti-Tesla bias. This is shown in their choice of headlines, their choice of stories, their comparisons of Tesla with other EVs and other brands.

    Examples of Bias

    1. Biased headline – Tesla to recall 135,000 vehicles under pressure from safety regulators. But other brnds had the same recall (for possible issues with the touchscreen), and Tesla initiated the recall the day they got the notice. Why single out Tesla in the headline? Why suggest they had to be “pressured” to do the recall?
    2. Excluded from a story about Canada’s 10 best-selling luxury vehicles in 2020 “Tesla sold more than 11,000 Model 3s in Canada in 2020, more than enough to make it the number-one vehicle on this list. But because we don’t get reliable, quarterly, market-specific sales figures from Tesla, we’ve left it off the list. Yes, you read that right. Even though “Model 3 is a high-volume vehicle that undoubtedly earns a spot somewhere in the top 10, almost certainly at or near the top,” they deliberately chose to ignore it.
    3. Focus on Tesla negative: The new Jeep Wagoneer, a Tesla driveway fire, and more. Yep, let’s report the Tesla that burned.
    4. Selective reporting – Google “car spontaneous combustion” and you’ll find stories about a Toyota, a Porsche, a Chevy Bolt EV, and 1.4 million Toyotas and Kias recalled for risk of spontaneous combustion! Search driving.ca for the same words and you start to see a pattern:

    Not every story about Tesla in driving.ca is negative, but enough of them are that the bias becomes clear.

  • Biased Anti-Tesla Headline

    Posted on February 26th, 2021 admin No comments

    Deceptive and biased headlines are a nuisance, and Tesla motors still seems to get more than it’s due share of negative press, driven by short-sellers, market bulls, and manufacturers of ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

    Read this headline: Tesla to recall 135,000 vehicles under pressure from safety regulators

    To my mind, this headline makes it appear that

    1. Only Tesla vehicles were involved
    2. Tesla was reluctant and had to be “pressured” to do the recall.
    Tesla Model Y – Tesla Motors

    When you read the article, which seem to be largely factual, you learn that

    • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had found a “tentative” issue with touchscreen failures;
    • Tesla “agreed immediately” on the same day of being advised of the recall;
    • “Other automakers issued numerous recalls for similar safety issues stemming from the touchscreen failure”.
    • Even if the touchscreen fails, you can continue to drive your vehicle, Tesla or otherwise, by using the mirrors and doing shoulder-checks (duh, like most of us do!)

    So why the biased headline? Why the focus on Tesla? Why make it sound like the company had to be “pressured” to do the recall?

    Chain of Ownership

    Well, let’s dig a bit… Driving Magazine is part of PostMedia, which is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a right-leaning New Jersey corporation said to have close ties to the Republican party, which denies climate change and heavily supports fossil fuels.

    So it is quite possible that Driving has an agenda from the top, accounting for their high proportion of anti-Tesla headlines.

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