It’s been just over a year since Elon Musk’s infamous ‘funding secured’ tweet, and everybody who followed the New York Times’ relentless coverage of the scandal – the paper helped expose the fact that Musk effectively lied to the public and violated a bevy of SEC rules – will remember that legendary NYT business columnist Jim Stewart not only led the paper’s coverage, but also scored an interview with Musk where the CEO shared how stressed out and depressed he had become over the company’s production difficulties with the Model 3.
But, as it turns out, during the course of his research, Stewart, who, in addition to his role at the NYT, is a regular contributor of CNBC, was invited by Jeffrey Epstein to visit his Manhattan townhouse for an ‘on background’ interview.
The meeting with Epstein happened a few months before the Miami Herald published its series of exposes that led to the latest round of charges against Epstein.
In a story published in the NYT on Tuesday, Stewart recounted the details of their meeting (it was supposed to be on background, but since Epstein is now deceased, Stewart believes he can now violate that agreement).
Most surprisingly, Stewart described Epstein’s affect as almost incredulously carefree. While Stewart wasn’t able to glean much information about Musk or Tesla from Epstein (perhaps because, he discerned, Epstein actually knew far less than he was letting on), he listened as Epstein showed off photographs with