Musk tweeted that the issue "looked" like it could be fixed with a firmware update.
"Problem is", he said, "journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired. Tricky situation, as Tesla doesn't advertise, but fossil fuel companies & gas/diesel vehicle companies are among world's biggest advertisers".
"For some reason, this is the best I've felt in a while", Musk, who has built a showman reputation partly through his frank exchanges on social media, tweeted early Thursday, after his comments set off a storm of responses. "Thinking of calling it Pravda...", the co-founder and owner of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla wrote on Twitter.
He tweeted: "Amazingly, the 'media is awesome" vote is declining, despite hundreds of articles attacking this very poll'. The new versions will reportedly sell for up to $78,000-or more. "Pravda" means "truth" in Russian.
Musk then mused about creating a web app dedicated to rating the accuracy of journalists.
Some industry observers have linked the latest tweetstorm to Musk's weird sales conference call with investors and journalists earlier this month, in which he called questions about Tesla's financial health "boring, boneheaded questions" and proceeded to take multiple questions from an EV-friendly analyst.
In October, the UAW filed yet another complaint with the NLRB accusing Tesla of firing 400 workers who supported the union's campaign.
Musk's frustrations boiled over following recent negative media reports about Tesla, including Consumer Reports' decision this week to not recommend Tesla's Model 3 sedan after criticizing it for its long stopping distances and difficult-to-use controls. But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? "Our safety record is 2X better than when plant was UAW & everybody already gets healthcare".
Work on "Pravda" seems to have begun months ago.
Tesla has been getting negative press for inadequate safety measures at its electric auto manufacturing plant in the US.
The union says Musk violated the National Labor Relations Act, which prohibits employers from making threats or promises to workers to discourage them from joining unions.