This era of extreme wealth, expanding inequality, and expected oversharing has given rise to a new beat: Covering America’s billionaire class.
Consider just the past few days of headlines: Lots of news and noise about Elon Musk’s turn hosting “SNL.” New revelations about Bill Gates’ divorce. No shortage of opinions about how Mark Zuckerberg should handle Donald Trump’s suspended Facebook account.
“The other side of inequality”
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The world’s second richest man cracks jokes
>> Among other firsts, Saturday’s “SNL” was the first time the show has ever been live-streamed internationally, via YouTube…
Musk’s show — not very funny?
There’s nothing funny about this
“Perhaps the billionaires can’t hide any longer”
That’s what Stone remarked to me after we got off the air on Sunday. “Social media has put everyone at arms-length,” he said. “Everyone in their orbit has a story about them to tell. Elon is an example of someone who has embraced it and bent it to his will, conscripting his following into a fandom. Bezos and Gates are more old-school, and don’t do it nearly as gracefully…”