New Yorker’s Steve Coll Suggests Journalists Should Reconsider Value of Free Speech

‘They had a better election in 2020 than they did in 2016’
By Grabien Staff


COLL: “But I came away from it thinking, you know, it’s a structure. It is not something that can be changed except by changing the structure of it. And yes, Facebook has moved somewhat, they had a better election in 2020 than they did in 2016, they've learned to put some brakes on it here and there, but you can’t get away from the fact that their mission is to connect everybody in the world. That’s what motivates Mark Zuckerberg and it has — it’s his passion. And he profoundly believes in free speech. Those of us in journalism have to come to terms with the fact that free speech, a principle that we hold sacred, is being weaponized against the principles of journalism, and what do we do about that? I just say, as reporters, we kind of march into this war with our facts nobly shouldered as if they were going to win the day, and what we’re seeing is that because of the scale of this alternate reality that you have been talking about, our facts, our principles, our scientific method, it isn't enough. So what do we do?”

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