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The Sad Answer to Elon Musk's Question About Tesla Model S Fires

Stocks in this article: TSLA

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tuesday morning on Twitter (TWTR), Elon Musk asked a question:

Here's an honest answer:

And you can use these Elon Musk- and Tesla (TSLA - Get Report)-related articles to follow along with some of what I discuss in the video.

I am ashamed to even link to this article. I made a mistake on March 9, 2013: Will Musk Get a Free Pass After His Parenting Comments.

But, I did my best to make good by the end of May 2013: When I Apologized to Elon Musk.

Every media reporter, anchor, personality and producer owes Musk an apology -- not necessarily for getting personal and messing up like I did -- but for taking a story and presenting it in ways that lack context, mislead and trigger unnecessary and unjust spectacle.

Don't hold your breath.

I believed Musk when he told me in May that he's not really comfortable or keen on being on TV everyday. I still do. But he has gotten pretty darn good at it. Out of necessity. The media effectively cornered the guy, giving him no choice but to be hyper-visible. Now they're standing with stones, sling shots and fiery pitchforks ready to tear down the larger-than-life darling they created.

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is a columnist and TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola makes frequent appearances on national television networks such as CNN and CNBC as well as TheStreet TV. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.

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