’60 Minutes’ Apologizes for Tesla Report

Apr 2, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The CBS News program “60 Minutes” has apologized for a report aired Sunday about Tesla’s electric cars. TVNewser reports that the program called the addition of engine sound effects "an audio editing error."

The Tesla Model S, an electric car, doesn’t make the typical combustion engine sound, which prompted an editor to add sound for effect, the story reports. Many viewers, and the auto blog Jalopnik, noted the audio addition.

“They keep dubbing motor noises over driving footage of the Model S. It sounds like they recorded a motorcycle engine and used it to spice up the car footage. Whatever it is, it's not the sound of a Tesla,” Jalopnik noted.

“60 Minutes” said it was correcting the error online.

“Our video editor made an audio editing error in our report about [Tesla founder] Elon Musk and Tesla. We regret the error,” a representative for the show said.

About 14.3 million viewers tuned in to “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, when the program aired Scott Pelley's report on the car company and its founder.

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