Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Does "Mark Z" rule the world? Cuomo interviews Mark Zuckerberg on CNN New Day; AC360 interviews Greenwald and Miranda

Chris Cuomo interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 29, this morning (Wednesday, August 21, 2013) on CNN New Day.

Zuckerberg discussed a plan to get the remaining 5 billion people on Earth online with Internet access.  He has networked with other tech companies, including competitors, to form a group called “”. He said “Everyone deserves to be connected.”

Zuckerberg also discussed his ambitious ideas to reform immigration, so that tech companies can hire more highly skilled workers from overseas.  This has been controversial within the I.T job market.  Zuckerberg also feels that undocumented workers at the common or low wage end should be treated better and seemed to be hinting at the social issues of Americans depending on illegal labor to do jobs they don’t want to do, as Morgan Spurlock has recently covered on “Inside Man”.

Zuckerberg has worked with politicians in both parties on his immigration views, particularly GOP governor Chris Christie in NJ; GOP Senator Mark Rubio of Florida.  Cuomo pointed out that businessmen have more incentive to see both parties work together than do politicians themselves.  There was a faint hint of Zuckerberg;s running for office some day.  

Zuckerberg was dressed informally, in jeans and pullover.

Zuckerberg said, “I believe there are some things in life, if you believe it’s such a big problem, you just stick your neck out and get it done” and run with it.”  I could say that’s what I did with my first 1997 book, “Do Ask Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back” that tackled gays in the military and “don’t ask don’t tell” as it was implemented then, tracking it back to my own life. 

Cuomo, as we know, can be a tough interviewer.  Remember how he handled Amanda Knox!
It’s important to note that Tuesday night, Anderscon Cooper interviewed Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda together Tuesday night on AC360.   The direct link is here. Greenwald (who published a lot of Snowden materials on the Guardian) said that investigative international journalism usually involves discovery of classified materials, and that investigative journalism is not terrorism and is not a crime.  CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that Britain, under its own laws, was justified in detaining Miranda at the Heathrow airport (changing planes) if it believed that Miranda could be carrying classified materials (perhaps even unknowingly) as a “mule”.

During the 10 AM morning hour, CNN reported the 35 year sentence to Bradley Manning, who could be paroled in ten years or so.  The defense actually admitted that previously Manning had struggled with “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.
CNN also covered the “You Can Play” Project for LGBT athletes, which will be covered again soon.

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