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Only, it isn't like that at all. Over and over and over again there will be press or tweets or whathaveyou about Tesla that are, at best, anecdote or worse, cherry picking, or even falsities. E.g., every fatal accident with a Tesla gets headline news, but the comparative safety record receives little attention while other, more conventional vehicles, receives no press at all about safety records unless something proceeds as far as a recall ... some of which have been horrific. Similarly, if an exuberant Musk forecasts X by Y any miss will receive big headlines even if it was X - 5 or Y + 1 and no one thought that X/4 was achievable by Y when the forecast was issued.

People keep using this word "fraud" and yet what exactly has been promised that has not been delivered? To be sure, some things are reasonably still in the future, like full self-driving, but no reasonable person expected them by now in the first place ... especially considering the limited successes of other players in that space. How is it fraudulent to have achieved sales levels that are not only dwarfing other marques in similar price range, but exceeding half a dozen of them combined? Seems like a roaring success rather than some fraud.

What we have on one side is record sales, dramatic growth, and profitability, i.e., things one can actually see and measure in market figures and SEC filings and on the other side we have tweets of isolated incidents of dubious veracity. To be sure, some of them are almost certainly real ... one doesn't produce that many cars without some problems and one doesn't grow that dramatically without expecting a certain number of growing pains where the mechanism for taking care of X was adequate a year ago and wholly inadequate to the volume we have today. And, yes, they need to do better on such things, but there is every indication that the company is aware of the issues and working on solutions and accomplishing a great deal since there are also record number of happy customers. One does not achieve that by fraud.
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