Facebook and the Gatekeeper Code

In recent years, Americans have gotten used to the idea of a diverse media. There is a broad spectrum of news channels reflecting views from right to left. And the plethora of news and opinion websites provides even more diversity of perspectives and views. The small band of gatekeepers that once decided what news Americans saw and read has been expanded by a factor of many thousands. There was a time when all of the news Americans got was filtered by a very few gatekeepers. They were the editors of the three national nightly news television shows as well as the people running major daily newspapers. If they didn’t say it was news, it wasn’t. If they did, or if they decided to editorialize in the news section or broadcasts, there was not only nothing anyone on the right could do about it, it often had a disproportionate impact on public opinion (think Walter Cronkite’s decision to declare the Vietnam War lost in the wake of the victory of American forces after the Tet offensive in 1968).

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Facebook and the Gatekeeper Code

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