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Media Roundtable: Facebook, Sinclair & the impacts of media consolidation

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On this week's media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill. What new information did we learn about Facebook and its surveillance capabilities? And how should the company be regulated?

We'll also talk about Sinclair’s takeover of local news, and the raid on Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office.


Victor Pickard, associate professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy

Scott Horton, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, and author of Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare

Craig Aaron, president of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund

Web Resources:

Free Press

Public Books: The Big Picture: Misinformation Society 

The Intercept: The Senate is Afraid to Govern. That's Great News For Facebook 

The Washington Post: Yes, Sinclair Broadcast Group does cut local news, increase national news and tilt its stations rightward

Politico: Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets