Economics/Class Relations

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Our Boring Billionaires

By Micah Meadowcroft, The American Conservative

When a Washington Post reporter came digitally knocking looking for comment at Tesla CEO and sometimes-world’s-richest-man Elon Musk’s door, he did the only right thing you can. He blew them off.

There are exceptions, of course, and I hope you would consider giving me an interview if I ever asked nicely for one, but in general you should never talk to the press. Tell your local paper about your small business, sure. But when it comes to the national media establishment, there are rarely enough upsides to justify the many potential downsides in giving them a chance. Using words as a weapon is the media’s full-time job. Don’t give them ammunition.

But Musk is a billionaire, and already a bad boy by press standards. So, he doesn’t have to just ignore a request for comment; he can amuse himself, too. “Give my regards to your puppet master,” the SpaceX founder said.

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