I've long admired Elon Musk as a technological visionary. But I worry about his sense of responsibility to the public.
Earlier this month, Mr. Musk announced on Twitter that he intended to turn Telsa, the electric-car maker he founded, into a private company. He said the funding was "secured" — a claim that sent Telsa stock skyrocketing — yet he produced no evidence that the funding was nailed down.
There are laws against corporate officials making these sorts of untethered claims because if untrue they could hurt lots of innocent bystanders — including unwary investors and employees.
Does Mr. Musk's behavior remind you of any other powerful person who also...