60 Minutes has come under fire for screwing up important bits of news recently, but an error in Sunday's profile of Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk is completely perplexing. 60 Minutes has said it was an "audio editing error," but we're wondering how you manage to edit in internal combustion engine and transmission sounds into a video specifically on electric vehicles.

The stock footage that 60 Minutes used is official Tesla material, but the videos on the company's YouTube page are devoid of engine sounds. 60 Minutes editors added the noises, which were noticed by eagle-eared (is that a thing?) viewers who know that one of the appeals of an EV is the silent ride.

In other parts of the interview, Musk says that a 400-mile battery is possible today but it would be too expensive, talks about how the DOE loan was helpful but was not necessary to keep Tesla alive and his attitude that, "If something's important enough, you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure."

This isn't the first time television producers have made a Tesla EV look bad.

This isn't the first time television producers have made a Tesla EV look bad. The most famous case was when the BBC show Top Gear pretended to run out of juice in a Roadster. Tesla sued for libel in 2011, but the case was dismissed in 2013.

Tesla declined to comment to AutoblogGreen on the situation and 60 Minutes told Fox News it will update the videos online. Even when the sound is gone, the profile of the man and the company remains interesting. You can watch it below. As of this writing, the engine sounds still can be heard at around the 40-second mark in the shorter video we've embedded below (the top one) and you can see the whole profile in the second video.





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      purrpullberra
      • 8 Months Ago
      60 minutes hasn't been relevant for decades. A sure fire way to discover if someone is worth talking to is ask, "do you regularly watch 60 minutes?" An affirmative response means you'll be better off talking to your BM, and it will smell better than 60 minutes viewers too.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 8 Months Ago
      Simple answer. The original source video, needed for CBS to include (they don't pull down from youtube) included the sound of the camera car in the tunnel. The real audio fakery was Tesla with their audio overlay in the youtube video that you linked to. When they released the original roll to CBS they may have just failed to tell them not to include the sound. Anyway, that's a completely plausible explanation that makes way more sense than the theory that 60 Minutes audio engineers are stupid.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 8 Months Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        http://vimeo.com/74244041 Also viewing the video more closely, there is a small crossover/SUV directly in front of the Tesla, giving more evidence that the raw footage had tainted audio. Why assume someone at CBS dubbed new in, when the only evidence you have is that Tesla did NOT use the original audio in their own video. It contains music and a DUBBED audio track of a tire noisy Tesla, magically eliminating the camera car, and the car leading the Tesla. You can't hide IC sounds in a tunnel.
        gpmp
        • 8 Months Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Why would they admit to an "audio editing error" then, instead of simply explaining that the audio was how they received the clip from Tesla?
      RoyEMunson
      • 8 Months Ago
      Producers are clueless... these must be the kind of morons that add all the beeps, blips, and other space-age-y sounds when someone is using a computer (in movies and TV shows). There is also a capital one commercial that had a Brammo Empulse where they dubbed in ICE sport-bike sounds... completely retarded.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        Yeah, but this is not supposed to be fiction!
          RoyEMunson
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Spec
          That is true, but still these sort of things bug me... Computers arent some futuristic, sci-fi thing they once were and everyone has one. If my computer made beeping sounds for every letter that popped up on the screen I would throw it out the window. Laugh tracks also bug the crap out of me...
      Luciano
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have seen a Chevy Volt on a TV show or movie also with a big ICE roar. I honestly do not understand the fascination people have with engine noises.
      Joeviocoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      Or just watch Bloomberg: Risk Takers expose on Elon Musk on Netflix
      DrSandman
      • 8 Months Ago
      Therein lies your problem: you called CBS "News". Ask Sheryl.
      AddLightness
      • 8 Months Ago
      I was wondering if I was going to see an article about this lol. I watched 60 Minutes on Sunday and noticed it right away and was like WTF? At first I was thinking maybe it was the sound of the car/bike that they were videotaping the Model S on, or that maybe they had some negative agenda to not make it silent but that would contradict them putting Tesla on 60 Minutes in the first place. I think it's more likely that whoever was editing it didn't realize that the car was actually silent and thought they made a mistake in sound recording so they tried to cover up what they thought was their mistake by editing in car noises over it. It wouldn't surprise me because I get a lot of stupid questions about my Leaf. Hilarious but pretty dumb lol.
      Aisha Brutella
      • 8 Months Ago
      F'n stoopid shiz
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is nothing compared to the long list of major screw-ups in the history of 60 minutes. I see that show as not much more than a sloppy tabloid.
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      60 minutes has completely gone stupid. The fake Benghazi story, kissing the butt of the NSA, the twisted green energy hit piece . . . and now adding engine noise to the Tesla? Here is a youtube version at the engine noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvz1kWLMGm4#t=46
        CoolWaters
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        CBS did a piece on the new IPCC report, talked about coffee!
      Luciano
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have seen a Chevy Volt on a TV show or movie also with a big ICE roar. I honestly do not understand the fascination people have with engine noises.
      Tysto
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm not so sure that's an engine sound. It could be just the sound of wind and tires that the audio engineer raised the volume of because it seemed unnatural not to be able to hear the car. I can't imagine any technician at CBS News purposely dubbing the story with fake engine sound.
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