3 to read: Alex Jones *is* the conspiracy | Zuckerborg vs the world | What the press thinks about Trump

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

May 9, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. Alex Jones *is* the conspiracy: Alex Jones burst from out from under the alt right’s big slimy rock and into mainstream consciousness when President Trump appeared on the conspiracy maven’s talk show. What drives this Infowars powerhouse, who blames 9/11, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon murders on government conspiracies? BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel peels back the lid on the motormouth in this profile.
  2. Zuckerberg & Facebook wrestle with how to save the world (they may be wrecking): Alarm bells are ringing inside Facebook, as complaints arise outside and inside the company about its outsized role in influencing the country through its promotion of news, fake or not. What’s not clear is how loud the alarms are or who is listening. The NYT Magazine’s Farhad Manjoo paints a portrait of founder Mark Zuckerborg at least beginning to confront some of the issues that have long been voiced by critics. Interesting.
  3. What the White House press corps *really* thinks about Trump: The president has turned attacks on the press into a minor art form, which makes this survey of what White House reporters think about the commander-in-chief so fascinating. If you’re interested in a peek behind the press curtain at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., you’ll love this. One surprise: One third don’t think he’s the the most anti-press president in history. By Politico Magazine, with wonderful graphics.
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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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