Ben Smith, Buzzfeed

With just 10 days to go until our nation comes together to choose our next President, we already have a winner in this election: Social media and crowdsourced news. The days of waiting for a bunch of editors or TV talking heads to tell us what is important are gone. Today, information trends – and the news that gets the most likes, posts, plus 1’s… in other words, the more information goes viral, that’s what the headlines will be. And it’s driven much of the political coverage, just as it will once the election is through. And the leader in this trending form of trending information is BuzzFeed. They have reported on the election from the start, and their editor is Ben Smith. (Originally broadcast 10-27-12 on The John Batchelor Show)