If you haven't been keeping up with the spat between the NY Times and Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, my initial post is here and a follow up is here. On Monday Margaret Sullivan, the Times' public editor, weighed in on the story and seems to have decided John Broder's bad experience is mostly down to his own failures.
After publishing a long email she received from a Model S owner who is critical of Broder, Sullivan concludes:
My own findings are not dissimilar to the reader I quote above,
although I do not believe Mr. Broder hoped the drive would end badly. I
am convinced that he took on the test drive in good faith, and told the
story as he experienced it.
Did he use good judgment along the
way? Not especially. In particular, decisions he made at a crucial
juncture – when he recharged the Model S in Norwich, Conn., a stop
forced by the unexpected loss of charge overnight – were certainly
instrumental in this saga’s high-drama ending.