A president from Facebook? Vanity Fair makes a case | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A president from Facebook? Vanity Fair makes a case

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 7:34 AM

MAKING NICE IN ARKANSAS: A Facebook executive with Gov. Asa Hutchinson during presentation of computer gear gift. - KTHV
  • KTHV
  • MAKING NICE IN ARKANSAS: A Facebook executive with Gov. Asa Hutchinson during presentation of computer gear gift.

Nick Bilton of Vanity Fair writes of indications that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will run for president of the U.S. someday.

Among the lesser bits of circumstantial evidence:

Zuckerberg, who has a habit of posting his annual New Year’s resolution on his Facebook page, declared that after conquering the previous challenges of learning Mandarin, and building an artificial-intelligence butler for his home, this year he was going to meet “people in every state in the US.” He noted that he’s “spent significant time in many states already, so I’ll need to travel to about 30 states this year to complete this challenge.” I wonder how many of those states are swing states?
It wasn't Zuckerberg himself, but his company made a splash in Arkansas recently by sending a bunch of virtual reality gear to Arkansas schools in a gesture meant to praise Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's computer initiatives. Building a Trump-style coalition? Zuckerberg has drawn heat from public school champions such as Diane Ravitch recently by hiring former TV personality Campbell Brown to head an initiative to improve Facebook relations with news media. She has plenty of baggage. Married to a Republican political adviser, she's been a charter school champion and foe of teachers unions. Those views don't hurt with many powerful financial contributors (Walton, Gates, Broad, DeVos and others.)


Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The assault weapon open line

    The open line. And report of the arrest of a man with an AR-15 who threatened to shoot people at a Springdale business.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • A primary challenger for Rep. Laurie Rushing

    Blue Hog Report has some news on a Republican primary challenge of an incumbent legislator, Rep. Laurie Rushing, by Ernie Hinz of Hot Springs.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • A common-sense gun measure draws no sponsors from Arkansas

    Republicans, including at least one from Arkansas, are talking about repealing the Dickey Amendment which prohibits gun research from a public health perspective. But none of them are yet willing to DO anything about it.
    • Feb 17, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • In the margins

    A rediscovered violin concerto brings an oft-forgotten composer into the limelight.
  • Donald Trump is historically unpopular — and not necessarily where you think

    My colleagues John Ray and Jesse Bacon and I estimate, in the first analysis of its kind for the 2018 election season, that the president's waning popularity isn't limited to coastal cities and states. The erosion of his electoral coalition has spread to The Natural State, extending far beyond the college towns and urban centers that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. From El Dorado to Sherwood, Fayetteville to Hot Springs, the president's approval rating is waning.
  • Arkansans join House vote to gut Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite fierce protests from disabled people, the U.S. House voted today, mostly on party lines, to make it harder to sue businesses for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course Arkansas congressmen were on the wrong side.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation