05/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Lacy Is the Interviewer Elon Musk Was Looking For

In November the New York Times trashed Tesla in a much criticized article by Randall Stross (now retitled and rewritten, trying to get a copy of the original). Stross ignored Tesla's goal of trying to build a low cost all electric car, focusing only on the pricey $109,000 Tesla Roadster, their first effort. The fact that the government loan was being requested in order to build the manufacturing plant for their second model, the $50,000 Model S, wasn't mentioned. Or even a token gesture towards the nobleness of the attempt to build a green car for the masses after that. 2

Silicon Valley journalist Sarah Lacy laughed when Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called a New York Times writer a "douchebag". The column that sparked his outrage, published last November, asked whether taxpayers should subsidize a company which makes $109,000 electric sports cars for the wealthy. In fact, the newspaper had corrected a minor bit about Tesla's application - still not granted yet - for $350 million in government loans. The New York Observer has the he-said, she-said between Times Sunday Business editor Tim O'Brien and Lacy, a former BusinessWeek reporter who freelances for TechCrunch, Yahoo, and other publications. 1
  1. Sarah Lacy Is the Interviewer Elon Musk Was Looking For (Valleywag)
  2. New York Times Roars. Too Bad They Live in Oz. (TechCrunch)