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We've never actually conducted a scientific poll on the subject, but we'd be willing to bet that nobody likes being called a douchebag. Such is the case with an otherwise respected journalist for The New York Times named Randy Stross, who you might remember as the writer that questioned whether Tesla Motors should qualify for low interest loans from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took exception to Stross' opinions, and he made his feelings known in a video interview with Yahoo! Tech Ticker's Sarah Lacy. This is where the nasty slurs heard 'round the net come in, and Tim O'Brien, an editor for The Times reportedly takes issue with both Musk's statement and the reaction from Lacy, the interviewer.

Setting aside the objectionable language used to describe Stross, O'Brien points out that The Times did not print a retraction as Musk suggested in the video. A correction was made to the story to reflect that the DOE loans would help fund the development of the $50,000 Model S, not the $109,000 Roadster. Still, a correction is not the same as a retraction.

The real story, though, remains whether or not Tesla Motors will get funding from the ATVM program, which is something Elon strongly feels will indeed happen. Read the full story here.

[Source: The New York Observer]



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