A Tesla.

Yesterday's 60 Minutes (external - login to view) included a segment on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. It also included footage of a Model S making some very uncharacteristic engine noises that seemed suspiciously overdubbed (external - login to view). Today, CBS admitted in a statement to Fox News (external - login to view) that the noises were the result of an "audio editing error."

You can watch the Tesla segment here on CBS's website (external - login to view), with the strange engine noise overdub still in effect (at least, as of this writing). It sounded strikingly out-of-place to me during the TV broadcast. The strangest thing here is, at 00:53 in this segment (external - login to view), Scott Pelley highlights the features that make a Model S silent:


60 Minutes Admits Dubbing Engine Noises Over Tesla Footage (external - login to view)

because...the media, your moral and intellectual superiors:

What is it about Tesla and its ability to make major media outlets look like fools?

The latest example came a week ago today when CBS' 60 Minutes aired a report on Tesla and its amazing electric car. It was basically the kind of coverage that any automaker would kill to have (and must have left flummoxed General Motors executives wondering why they never got it for the plug-in Chevrolet Volt).

Just one problem: As the Associated Press reported, a CBS editor made what is being called an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine (external - login to view) over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car. The Model is whisper quiet, no matter how hard you push it.

Auto website Jalopnik (external - login to view)broke the story of the fake sound and CBS was in retreat all week.

Remember, for all the awards and attention that 60 Minutes has won, memories are still fresh from the report on Benghazi by correspondent Lara Logan had to be retracted when it a key source for the report was shown to have been lying.


CBS' '60 Minutes' admits to faking Tesla car noise (external - login to view)