In order to stay competitive with the likes of tech giants Apple and Facebook, both of whom are in the news aggregation business, CNN is creating its own native news aggregation tool ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“The network’s Andrew Morse told The Information in an interview that CNN is developing its own aggregator, codenamed ‘NewsCo,’ that would likely offer a mix of free (but ad-supported) and subscription news from a variety of sources,” according to Engadget. “It might also include its own original content and could draw from older CNN material to supply context, the company’s Nitya Chambers added.”
Apple has a news aggregation application which is native to the iPhone called Apple News, which users can simply open and read headlines from different news sources. Facebook is getting ready to launch its “News Tab,” which will guide users towards news articles that it decides are relevant. Amazon also recently launched a news application native to its Fire TV.
Engadget noted that Apple and Amazon have inherent advantages in the news game, given that users do not have to download an application to their device – it is simply pre-loaded onto the device. Facebook already has a user base of nearly 3 billion people, which will likely put it ahead of the curve too. But still, CNN thinks it can compete, and desperately needs a spark while its cable ratings continue to plummet.
“Morse wasn’t shy about the reasoning: this is about preventing the tech world from having too much clout in news,” Engadget said. “He also argued that CNN had an inherent edge as a news organization. This is the company’s focus, not electronics or social networking.”
This site has reported on Facebook’s Orwellian “News Tab” feature, which is likely to dominate during the 2020 cycle. Facebook’s prime users are members of the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) and Generation X (born between 1965 and 1976). These generations are more engaged and more likely to vote than younger Millennials or Generation Z, meaning Facebook is primed to have a robust amount of influence.
“The editors will look at articles’ sourcing in deciding what to feature. They’re supposed to ‘seek to promote the media outlet that first reported a particular story, and additionally prioritize stories broken by local news outlets,’” Neiman Labs reported.
Neiman Labs also reported that Facebook will work with preferred news publishers to fill their “News Tab” with stories.
“One person who has seen a version of the tab being tested by Facebook employees said it featured stories from The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS News, National Geographic, BBC, The Huffington Post, and The Hill, though some of those publishers don’t appear to have officially struck agreements with Facebook yet,” the report said.
It’s becoming more obvious that Facebook will use this tool to promote leftist propaganda. The only outlet on the list that is even remotely conservative is The Wall Street Journal, and the far-left Huffington Post – a leftist opinion blog for angry social justice warriors masquerading as journalists – featured.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a known Silicon Valley leftist who has banned prominent conservatives from his social network and labeled them “dangerous individuals,” has said that “News Tab” is his “personal passion,” and that it will be staffed with “seasoned journalists” who will decide which stories to feature.
It’s safe to assume that none of these news aggregators will be featuring stories from outlets like Breitbart, or other right-leaning news sources.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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