Mel and Tom both make this a very enjoyable podcast to listen. It's easy listening (not in-depth reporting) like an intellectual morning radio show for Tesla lovers.
But there's a real problem with Robert. He's perhaps the brightest of the three, but he so slavishly defends Tesla's company line, that I seriously wonder if he's on payroll. If not, he's starting to sound like a North Korean who's replaced Kim Jong Un with Elon Musk.
I've thought this for over a year (Yes, I listen. I enjoy Mel and Tom.) but it wasn't till the last episode that I decided to write this.
Tom and Robert reviewed an article that referred to pro-Tesla commenters as "whores".
Tom pushed back, saying that he is often very critical of Tesla.
Tom told the truth.
Robert also expressed shock, denying the charge.
And to prove his own lie, just a few minutes later, Robert gives a detailed account of SpaceX's Zuma mission. He concludes by saying that the mission was a success.
Google Zuma mission. See for yourself.
Robert, you're a physician. As am I. You dry labbed this.
You obviously recorded this before you even knew the facts. (Alternate facts. Trump would be proud.)
In other words, you lied. Your sycophantic zeal to say good things about Elon blinds you to obvious truth. This is only the latest of many instances, but I'm finally calling you out..
Robert, you should resign from the show and issue an apology.
Tom, you're great. You can handle this on your own.
Mel, I deeply admire the cause for your sabbatical. I wish you well, but hope you can find a way to continue with Tom.
Tom and Mel, your associate Robert is extremely bright and a wealth of knowledge about issues I care deeply. Perhaps you could use him as an off-air contributor to help you with filling show content. But you'll need to filter him. Get him off your fine podcast.