Maybe he has the negatives. You know – the goods on some powerful people, which he uses to escape ever being held accountable for anything he says or does or doesn’t deliver.
Like the “affordable” electric car.
Or publicly smearing a private citizen as a pedophile.
Musk – who did just that to Vernon Unsworth, the diver who rescued a group of kids trapped in an underwater cavern – apparently out of spite, because Unsworth’s rescue interfered with Musk’s planned publicity stunt (to use a Tesla submarine to rescue the kids) has been found nicht schuldig – not guilty – for doing what he very clearly did do.
Despite their being no question that Musk called Unsworth a “pedo guy” in a Tweet broadcast to millions, all over the world – a jury decided this wasn’t defamatory. In spite of zero evidence that Unsworth is a “pedo guy.”
Despite the fact that millions of people will now suspect him of being exactly that – such awful accusations having a tendency to stick, to leave questions in people’s minds. . . forever.
Would you leave your kid with a “pedo guy”? Would you hire one?
No worries. Elon didn’t mean it. Except, he did – very much. He didn’t just off-the-cuff accuse Unsworth of being a kid toucher, he sicced a private investigator on him. It didn’t cut any ice with the jury, which released Elon from all accountability.
Which means that whatever the actual cost in dollars – and reputation – suffered by Unsworth, who did absolutely nothing to merit the public abuse motivated not by concern, let alone facts but by vindictiveness – he gets nothing.
Not even an apology.
Ronald Reagan – accused by his enemies of being the Teflon President – had nothing on Musk.
Probably because Ronnie didn’t have the negatives. Or rather, because Elon has all the right friends. Which he’s got because he serves a purpose. In this respect, he is much more like another figure, recently deceased.
But Elon remains . . . useful. Perhaps that will change.
Here’s hoping it will.
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