Elon Musk, Silicon Valley's Trump

Elon Musk.
Elon Musk. Photo: Ray Tamarra/GC Images

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, borrowed a page out of President Donald Trump's playbook this week when he took to Twitter to criticize "sanctimonious journalists," and proposed building a website for the public to rate media credibility.

The big picture: The New York Times' Bret Stephens writes that Elon Musk is "the Donald Trump of Silicon Valley." Stephens explains Musk "is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept."