I think the lessons I mentioned earlier on Twitter about the New York Times vs. Tesla
pissing match controversy are about the only things we can learn from the whole thing: Most problematic stories are journalists getting sloppy, not making up facts whole cloth, and that Elon Musk is a dick1.
I assume most people have read Musk’s takedown, the Atlantic Wire’s takedown of Musk’s takedown, along with John Broder’s response and the Times' public editor’s overview.
From the outside, it seems like Broder’s notes weren’t the best (I’m spitballing on that, I’ve never met Broder or even heard of him before this, and I’m guessing most of you hadn’t either. I bet he wishes it had stayed that way.), and he thought his memory was...