A day after the school shooting in Florida, NBC's "Today Show" aired a live interview with a teenager who witnessed the shooting of her best friend, who later died. The interview drew sharp backlash on social media, prompting people to ask where the line is between reporting the news and taking advantage of tragedies in order to boost ratings. NBC explained that it received parental permission before conducting the interview, with a spokeswoman saying that because school shooting witnesses are mostly students, news organizations interview them while covering the stories.
The lobbying industry has changed significantly in the past two decades thanks to technology, and the election of President Donald Trump is only further contributing to a change in advocacy efforts, writes Kate Ackley. In today's uncertain political climate, grassroots campaigners are increasingly embracing social media to drive awareness, but relationship-building remains a core driver of advocacy efforts, she writes.
The use of Comcast's voice controls during the Winter Olympics has more than doubled, with nearly 50% of traffic to the Olympics homepage on the platform being driven through voice commands. Less than one-quarter of visits to the Olympics page during the Rio Olympics were accessed through voice controls.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai expressed support Wednesday for an application from Elon Musk's SpaceX to create a satellite broadband network. A satellite network could provide broadband service to rural and underserved areas, Pai said.
Broadcast networks on Wednesday afternoon began airing breaking news and special reports covering the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.: CBS News worked with local Miami station WFOR, while ABC News teamed up with WPLG and NBC News with station WTVJ for coverage. Twitter streamed hours of Miami's WSVN 7 breaking news coverage of the event to US users' timelines.
Ryan Murphy this week agreed to leave Fox for Netflix after signing a five-year contract estimated to be worth about $300 million. The move is the latest of the streaming media industry's attempts to shake up the traditional media landscape.
The Winter Olympics on Tuesday brought in 22.6 million total viewers across all platforms, peaking at 28.2 million viewers from 10 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on NBC and NBC Sports. Snowboarder Shaun White's halfpipe run drew in 445,000 concurrent views, making it the second-most streamed moment in Olympic history, and NBC held on to its 5.2 rating among adults ages 18 to 49.
Vice President Mike Pence responded to a comment about his faith made by "The View" host Joy Behar, saying that it was an insult not to him, but to others in the country "who ... cherish their faith." Pence said the comment shows how "out of touch some in the mainstream media are."
AT&T has added the Department of Justice's antitrust head, Makan Delrahim, to its witness list for its upcoming trial involving the proposed acquisition of Time Warner. The company hopes to show that political tampering caused the government to sue to block the acquisition, a source says.