A former Des Moines Register reporter says he was fired for doing exactly what he was asked to do: cover viral stories. It’s not the first time a report on “trending news” has gone wrong. Should news organizations scrap the idea of covering virality altogether?

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Adam Reilly of WGBH News; Jon Keller of WBZ News; Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.