The idea that a Tesla catching fire is news when petroleum vehicle's blow up all the time is forgotten.
I think this is indicative of the public's polarized sentiment towards Tesla, and right now a lot of it is related to stock price. To Wall Street, Tesla is this massively overvalued company, but there are so many dreamers out there that are buying and holding the stock. There's so much controversy over the company, not because it is creating beautiful, safe cars but because of this competition of betting and shorting the stock. Issues of crashing cars and production are signals everyone is looking for, and the news is using that to their advantage.