So Richard Branson beat Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to be the first billionaire to go to space.
Much of the worldwide coverage of Branson’s space jaunt was bubbly enthusiasm. For instance, the Asia-based Wionews headlined, “Richard Branson realises his lifelong dream with Virgin Galactic spaceflight.” Indeed, critics tweet-pounced on coverage deemed fawning: “Almost everything that ‘CNN Innovation and Space Correspondent Rachel Crane’ is saying sounds like Virgin Galactic wrote it for her.”
Almost everything that “CNN Innovation and Space Correspondent Rachel Crane” is saying sounds like Virgin Galactic wrote it for her. It’s genuinely strange.
— Alex Heard (@alexheard) July 11, 2021
To be sure, there was also criticism, including in this wordy headline from NBC News: “Richard Branson space flight beats out Jeff Bezos. But all of humanity loses. The stratification of who gets to leave the stratosphere is not another division we need.”