yup. given what I've seen of Tesla coverage since 2012 (and Bernie Sanders coverage, whether you think his ideas are helpful or not)... to a very large extent (an extent I'd of thought someone was nuts to suggest before the past 7 years of watching this), corporate media is an infomercial for the perceived interests of massive concentrated wealth... whether individual concentrated wealth or that of very large corporations. back to Spiegel specifically... notice how NYT referred to Mark and his activity as, "a managing partner at Stanphyl Capital, which has a large position shorting Tesla" as if he were a partner of some large firm with a large position. the entire "hedge fund" has $10 million under management, and appears to simply be Mark. it is simply not possible for a "hedge fund" with $10 million of assets under management to have a "large position shorting Tesla" given Tesla's $40-65 Billion market cap over the past year. for further context, the total short position in Tesla has been running about $10-12 Billion. 1/1000th, or 0.1% of that is not a "large position." what's more, for context, google "funds needed to start a hedge fund", and you'll find guidance like this, "Seed Capital Business Insider said in 2009 that $1 million will not get you very far in the launching of a hedge fund and that $5 million is a more realistic target to aim for when all costs are considered. With $5 million under management, success rates for hedge funds improve, observed one hedge fund consultant. Beyond this, other notable thresholds are the $20 million mark, which will make you more noticeable to investors, as well as the $100 million hurdle, which will open the door to more institutional investors." How Much Money Do I Need to Start a Hedge Fund? They are talking about seed capital... Mark's operation is barely a "hedge fund." Mark's appearance in the NYT and on CNBC, is likely the result of their opinion shopping (trying to find someone they can frame as an expert who will pound a narrative they want to promote) and/or promotion of Mark by some larger entrenched wealth to these media outlets to use him as a mouthpiece for their perceived interests. There are other examples of this among the experts that show up in the media. Jeff Sonnenfeld became a go to "expert" last year. Granted the guy does teach at Yale School of Management... but, that happens to be where he works with... Jim Chanos. I don't watch CNBC, so I don't know if they disclose this connection (their online clips don't contain such disclosure), but the NYT has not disclosed this in its articles I've read with aggressively disparaging Sonnenfeld commentary about Elon/Tesla.