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CBS Fakes Engine Noise on Electric Cars
Green Car Reports ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 | John Voelcker

Posted on 04/03/2014 8:17:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne

If you watched 60 Minutes on Sunday night--perhaps wondering whether the show would target the Tesla Model S electric car--you may have been relieved.

The segment, "Fast Cars and Rocket Ships," was nothing less than a laudatory paean to the vision and accomplishments of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

MORE: Tesla's Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory: What You Need To Know

But you may also have noticed something odd.

The show used what appeared to be stock footage of the Tesla Model S cruising through scenic byways and along highways, with audio of what sounded suspiciously like engine noises--including one clearly audible downshift.

2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011Enlarge Photo

Ahem.

Many who saw the segment Sunday night commented on it, or Tweeted about it. Jalopnik wrote about it very shortly after it happened.

Now giant network CBS has essentially apologized for what was clearly a production goof.

As Media Bistro's TVnewser blog noted, "As an electric car, the Tesla Model S doesn’t make a typical engine noise, so the editor added some sound for effect."

Indeed.

"Our video editor made an audio editing error in our report about Elon Musk and Tesla," said a CBS statement yesterday. "We regret the error, and it is being corrected online.”

You can view the entire (corrected) 13-minute segment online, along with an article, Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk's Industrial Empire.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Sunday's 60 Minutes garnered 14.3 million viewers, which makes it one of the most popular network shows of the week.

But, a little note to TV producers assigned to cover Tesla Motors in the future: Electric cars don't upshift or downshift.

And while some of them may whine, they definitely don't make engine noises.

Just so you know.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbs; fakebutaccurate; seebs
Fake AND inaccurate, but we don't care - we don't have to.
1 posted on 04/03/2014 8:17:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne
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To: Izzy Dunne

“All the news (that fits our agenda), as fast as we can make it up”


2 posted on 04/03/2014 8:20:15 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: Izzy Dunne

It is standard practice in video productions to only record video in outdoor situations, then later add audio—car sounds, door closing sounds, foot fall sounds, etc.

This show how a typical “news” article is not news at all, rather just another work of fiction.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Electric cars run quiet. Perfect for stealth driving.


4 posted on 04/03/2014 8:21:41 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Izzy Dunne
so the editor added some sound for effect."

stupendously stupid! and dishonest... and deceitful... and disingenuous...

5 posted on 04/03/2014 8:22:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Izzy Dunne

HOLY CRAP!!!

You would think they would have learned their lesson after getting caught ADDING MODEL ROCKET ENGINES to a vehicle to MAKE IT EXPLODE on impact!!!


6 posted on 04/03/2014 8:22:37 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: cincinnati65

What would the agenda be?
Were they trying to make the Tesla sound louder inside than it actually is?

I rode in one and the most obvious noise at cruise speeds was tires, similar to most lux cars.


7 posted on 04/03/2014 8:23:39 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: cincinnati65

Maybe my beloved TAG LINE can be attached to CBS.
It would have to read -—
CBS: We SHOW the news as it fits our views.
Nah...I like mine as it is.
Anyone who want to....claim the CBS version.


8 posted on 04/03/2014 8:24:04 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I know this is a thread about cbs and their bias goes without saying but at the risk of showing how ignorante I am can anyone explain how these electric car batteries are charged/recharged?


9 posted on 04/03/2014 8:24:46 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Mr. K

That was NBC. Same liberal MSM, different branch.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 8:25:10 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Once nanotech capacitors can be used as batteries, I might be interested in an electric car, but to replicate the amount of energy in a single gallon of gas requires a HUGE battery, even if it’s LIB.


11 posted on 04/03/2014 8:25:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: nascarnation

The motor noise, and especially the downshift, make it sound more “sporty”.


12 posted on 04/03/2014 8:26:26 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: goldstategop

Stealth until someone adds the THUMPA-THUMPA speakers and starts blaring rap. . .

just sayin’


13 posted on 04/03/2014 8:29:53 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Izzy Dunne

And Dan Rather is still asking, “ Kenneth?”
as he smears GW Bush with a fake paper

some things never change
CBS as a POS network is one


14 posted on 04/03/2014 8:32:52 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: goldstategop

So you don’t have to push your car to the convent when the Gestapo come to force an Navy commission on you and your musical brood?

I own an electric car. You quickly learn how dependent most pedestrians have become on hearing cars when they walk on side streets: No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 8:34:16 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Izzy Dunne

I love these “news” shows.


16 posted on 04/03/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Izzy Dunne

I’m really bummed to learn this. I’d love a Tesla Model S if it came with a V8 under the hood.


17 posted on 04/03/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: dangus
No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise. No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise.

Must be especially dicey for the sight-impaired.
18 posted on 04/03/2014 8:38:07 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: latina4dubya
stupendously stupid! and dishonest... and deceitful... and disingenuous...

And no surprise. It's just standard operating procedure for today's media.

19 posted on 04/03/2014 8:38:57 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: goldstategop

I wish electric cars made noise - you don’t realize how much you depend upon sound as an early safety warning until you’re nearly run down by Priuses a few dozen times.


20 posted on 04/03/2014 8:41:10 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Mr. K
You would think they would have learned their lesson after getting caught
That wasn't CBS. NBC Admits It Rigged Crash, Settles GM Suit"It's gotten to the point you need a scorecard to keep track.
21 posted on 04/03/2014 8:41:50 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dangus

“I own an electric car. You quickly learn how dependent most pedestrians have become on hearing cars when they walk on side streets: No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise.”

My wife and I in the past few months had to take the Ca Driver’s written test, get finger printed, pass the eye test to get re licensed.

Both of us had the same dumb question re driving up to a pedestrian cross walk which has an apparent blind guy with the red and white cane wanting to cross the street.

The correct answer was stay stopped until he heard the motor running and crossed the street.

My wife and I did a Sheldon from Big Bang. We refused to answer that question. We told the DMV answer checker if we were driving a Pius, the blind man would never hear our vehicle. Both of us might stay there forever.

Both answer checkers just shook their heads and took the question off our test.


22 posted on 04/03/2014 8:46:28 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: chrisser
What Should a Ford Electric Car Sound Like

From the July 2011 Road & Track article...

"With the inevitable growth in the number of electric cars on the road there is increasing concern that the silence generated by electric vehicles could be deadly for pedestrians in urban environments.

To this end, President Obama has signed a law that would make it a requirement to add a sound-generating device to all electric and hybrid vehicles by 2014."

23 posted on 04/03/2014 8:49:34 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras
President Obama has signed a law that would make it a requirement to add a sound-generating device to all electric and hybrid vehicles

Crap - I was about to make a snide comment that the gubmint would outlaw the silent ones.

And here you go and quote reality at me.

24 posted on 04/03/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Electric cars don’t upshift or downshift nor does a Stanley Steamer.


25 posted on 04/03/2014 9:01:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Izzy Dunne

People! We should not be surprised with this latest revelation. Democrats are LIARS. Always have been always will be. Look at another where the glorious EPA, here to protect the world from evil poluters have been testing some of these deadly chemicals on humans without full disclosure of what they were getting in to.

It will only get worse as they increase there power and control, all helped, aided, and abetted by the Deomocratic media outlets.

Everything they do or say is a lie one way or another. It is either faked, slanted, or ingnored.

Any headlines in the liars media about the 35,000 double voting in North Carolina in the last election??


26 posted on 04/03/2014 9:06:42 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Hatteras
To this end, President Obama has signed a law that would make it a requirement to add a sound-generating device to all electric and hybrid vehicles by 2014."

Monty Python would have a field day with that.
27 posted on 04/03/2014 9:09:41 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: chrisser

I remember Ford did an on-line poll for people to choose what would be the best sound. There were quite a few people suggesting alternative sounds. The suggestions ran the gamut. Anything from Star Wars sounds, the sound of a 429 Cobra, a semi tractor, etc... to playing the theme song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang :-)


28 posted on 04/03/2014 9:17:41 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Jeff Chandler

One of my favorites. Two reporters in the same parking lot, pretending to be apart and listening intently on their ear pieces.

Its all theater:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNMkfrs-z0M


29 posted on 04/03/2014 9:40:53 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: goldstategop

“Electric cars run quiet. Perfect for stealth driving.”

Look for NHTSA to require that “they make a noise” as a safety feature right after they finish up with mandatory backup cameras.


30 posted on 04/03/2014 9:55:50 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

“Anyone who want to....claim the CBS version.”

CBS is short for SEE BS!


31 posted on 04/03/2014 9:57:02 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: chrisser; Hatteras

I think if I had an electric car I’d want a sound generator on it. I’d also make the sound configurable, like a ring tone.

I’d set up different sounds for different situations. Have one that sounds like a popcorn popper. Or Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. Or an old steam locomotive. Or a little kid just making a “Ppppppt...” sound.

Could have some fun with that. :-)


32 posted on 04/03/2014 10:00:21 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: goldstategop

I was visiting a friend and was walking to my car at the end of a long driveway. Another friend that parked closer to the house snuck up from behind in a Prius and scared the crap out of me.


33 posted on 04/03/2014 10:00:47 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
When I first saw one I thought 'man if that had a blower sticking out of the hood it would be the bomb'.
34 posted on 04/03/2014 10:03:56 AM PDT by McGruff (prop.a.gan.da - information of a biased or misleading nature)
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To: dangus
I own an electric car. You quickly learn how dependent most pedestrians have become on hearing cars when they walk on side streets: No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise.

THIS

35 posted on 04/03/2014 10:14:50 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: dangus
I own an electric car. You quickly learn how dependent most pedestrians have become on hearing cars when they walk on side streets: No-one thinks twice of abruptly turning into the traffic lane if they don’t hear any traffic noise.

Years ago I traveled to Zermatt, Switzerland near the Matterhorn. The small valley with large mountains surrounding had banned nearly all combustion engines for vehicles. Some delivery trucks excepted.

Cars, buses, etc all were limited to electric. The initial result in this tourist destination town? Pedestrians were run over all the time.

They fixed the problem by requiring sleigh bells mounted on all vehicles. For a tourist skiing stop, it was neat.

If I ever own an electric car and add sound effects, I want it to sound like on old steam locomotive while cruising, but a top fuel dragster while accelerating. Maybe a huge brake squeal while decelerating.

36 posted on 04/03/2014 10:24:51 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: V_TWIN
This link should help
37 posted on 04/03/2014 10:41:01 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Hatteras

ride of the valkyries


38 posted on 04/03/2014 10:51:57 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Who do they think they are? NBC?!


39 posted on 04/03/2014 10:58:52 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Izzy Dunne

Some jerk in the Walmart parking lot was zipping around in his electric car, speeding and paying no attention to the right of way of pedestrians. No one could hear him coming and I almost got nailed. Maybe the editor had a good idea and all electric cars should come with a soundtrack.


40 posted on 04/03/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

TX DOT workers worry about the noiseless cars, especially when they are near a road that has the newer pavement with ground up tires in the mixture. Rain drains out of the surface to the road sides. It is so quiet, they can’t hear a Prius coming on the road.


41 posted on 04/03/2014 12:00:45 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I don’t understand what the rain-drain has to do with it.


42 posted on 04/03/2014 12:13:27 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: oh8eleven

eh....

they’re all the same anyway


43 posted on 04/03/2014 2:36:37 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It’s not the rain drain, it is the rubber tires driving on a rubber containing pavement. You can hear every squeak or rattle your vehicle has when driving on that stuff.


44 posted on 04/03/2014 4:26:56 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: oh8eleven

Dateline NBC “Waiting to Explode”
http://youtu.be/7jq0WXh8Uts

NBC Caught Lying About Chevrolet Trucks Exploding
http://youtu.be/KtpMzGN9uWc


45 posted on 04/07/2014 5:00:02 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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