Facebook handled Alex Jones just right

(CNN)Over the weekend, President Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter storm against Facebook for banishing seven high-profile figures from its platform, including conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, right wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has frequently made anti-Semitic statements. We’ve already seen an example of the disastrous outcomes that can result from Facebook choosing not to stand up to unjustified allegations. As Jill Abramson explains in her new book “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” when in the spring of 2016 it was revealed that Facebook used human editors to identify and summarize trending stories, the company was falsely accused of bias against conservatives. It responded by eliminating the …

Harris and Buttigieg showed why they could take on Trump

(CNN)Last night’s marathon series of CNN town halls offered five hours of conversation with five leaders vying for the Democratic presidential nomination — each intensely interesting, newsworthy, and rich with policy and personal detail. His town hall was an opportunity to add policy depth to his ideas, and to reassure voters he isn’t a flash in the pan. But what was clear in Harris and Buttigieg’s appearances, and the three others preceding them Monday night, is that everyone’s goal is to stand out as the most different and compelling alternative to Donald Trump. Both Harris and Buttigieg have strong claims to the title. Harris is the candidate who most aligns with the base of the Democratic Party and its most …