Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is a big draw for television networks — his name assures viewers and that is why these days no one really asks him questions that need answers. CNN’s latest exclusive interview is yet another example.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

In the grand tradition of television anchors not asking any real (and meaningful questions), CNN News Day anchor Chris Cuomo met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (on the occasion of the launch of Internet.org) and asked well, nothing you hadn’t read before (in press releases.) No probing questions about immigration, no questions about the somewhat self-serving nature of Internet.org for all involved and certainly nothing about Facebook’s role in the surveillance society — the biggest and most important story of modern times. Hell, not even a question about — you know the plan and how it will work. Still, it allowed CNN put an “exclusive TV report” label on the video.  You can watch it here.


  1. Harish Jonnalagadda Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Sometimes I wish there was a show like The Newsroom in reality.

    1. Be careful what you wish for Harish.

  2. Snore. These interviews are such a waste of viewer’s time. And the focus of internet availability is nice – but humans have more basic needs – like food and medicine. Maybe when there isn’t 1.4B humans living below $1.25 / day for their entire life (food, medicine, shelter, clothing, and zero education) there will be a need for a more connected society. Internet.org is a bullshit front to expand facebook connectivity because it can’t expand without more new entrants to the online world. Whatever. Why don’t they just have the NSA sponsor the effort and implant tracking chips into the bloodstream of all the users they help with “free” connectivity.

  3. Om – love to see some commentary on the AJAM debut [or did I miss it?]. To me, it feels like watching the original CNN.

    John Siegenthaler, Tony Harris, Joie Chen, Ali Velshi, lots of folks I always enjoyed BITD. Lots of new folks I’m unfamiliar with – but, the format, longer form stories, greater depth of questioning and answers.

    Just wish it was HD.


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