On the first Sunday morning political talk shows since the Facebook trending topics scandal broke, the major network Sunday shows and CNN’s State of the Union (with NBC’s Meet the Press preempted for a Barclay’s Premiere League game) failed to cover or debate this reported suppression of conservative stories by the social media behemoth.
Meanwhile, both of the news media-centric shows (CNN’s Reliable Sources and FNC’s MediaBuzz) devoted segments to the scandal that the tech site Gizmodo exposed on Monday morning.
Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter reserved a full segment to discuss what he deemed was something that “should alarm and impact everyone in media, despite your political persuasion” since, in his mind, Facebook has become “the most powerful name in news.”
As for why, he explained it’s “[n]ot because Facebook does any actual reporting, it doesn’t, but because it is the single biggest social network on the planet, growing bigger every day” and “where hundreds of millions of people see lots of links to news.”
Stelter noted the pushback from Facebook and particularly a post from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from late Thursday night before welcoming on Kelly McBride of the Ponyter Institute and The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway (who was given the inaugural Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award last year). (Read more from “Facebook Censored Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Sales of Body Parts in Trending Topics” HERE)