The legendary journalist Marty Baron retired from his job as Thetop editor in February after a 45-year career that became increasingly demanding with the dawn of the internet.
Baron left The Post after leading The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald. “All of those have been hugely challenging jobs, difficult, exhausting, and ever more exhausting with the internet, which now requires us to be on top of things, essentially, every second of every day,” Baron recently told Yahoo Finance.
In a new wide-ranging interview for Yahoo Finance’s Influencers with Andy Serwer, Baron reflected on the benefits of the internet andand its dangers for both consumers and the news industry.
The 66-year-old journalist, memorably played by a gruff Liev Schreiber in “Spotlight,” is a suitable person to comment on promises and perils of the internet. He works in an industry whose advertising dollars have been siphoned off bylike Google (GOOG, GOOGL). But he also led a paper bought by Amazon (AMZN) , who used a digital-focused strategy to turn that paper around.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 18:(R), founder and Chief Executive of Amazon.com and owner of The Washington Post, participates in a conversation with Martin Baron (L), executive editor of The Washington Post. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Baron, author of the forthcoming book “Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and The Washington Post,” reflected the uneasy relationship between media and. “We are providing all this so-called content I call it journalism —and they’re making money off it. They’re vacuuming up, essentially, all the advertising that’s out there,” Baron said.
Still, he noted that news outlets like The Post derive value from real problem for The Washington Post,” Baron said. “It would lose of that. If we’re not on Facebook, the same thing.”. Surveys have consistently shown that most Americans get at least some news from . “If we were The Washington Post and not on Google and Google News, that would be a
Baron noted that the controversial law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, is necessary forto exist in emphasizing Big Tech’s value. That law allows companies like Google, Twitter (TWTR), and Facebook (FB) to moderate their sites without being held liable for content posted by . That way, for example, on the site.
Those protections afforded by Section 230 are considered a foundational piece of the modern internet. Still, they’ve come under fire from several bipartisan figures recently, including former president Donald Trump and President. , Facebook, and Google-owned YouTube should continue receiving protections under 230, Baron said that’s “a tough question.”
Critics of Big Tech’s power argue that it is time for social social media companies “come with many disadvantages” and “a lot of harm.” “They can’t be responsible, held liable for every single thing everybody says that’s on their platforms; that would be impossible for them to do,” he said.like Facebook, Google, Twitter (TWTR), and others to be treated as media companies and held responsible for any harmful content they publish. Indeed, Baron acknowledged that
Baron noted that social media companies should take responsibility for that harmful content, particularly regarding misinformation surrounding the. “I think there is undoubtedly more that platforms can do to ensure that on their platforms,” he said.
Buthave also become indispensable, Baron suggested. “I mean, if anybody thinks through how they manage their life,” he said, “and how often they use Google, they will appreciate how much value is provided.” Ben Werschkul is a writer and producer for Yahoo Finance in Washington, DC.
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