You may hate Facebook but at least they publish whatever I write. I've only once had an item banned from FB and it was comedic, not tragic. Contrast this to the NYT that offers very little opportunity for me to get an idea through to other users of the NYT. Yes I do think this is a valid comparison.
I don't think this is a valid comparison. When do I get to start writing on scripting.com? Probably never, because Dave created that site and his audience is there to read what he writes.
I think the big difference is Facebook does not produce content, the NYT does. They need to stand behind whatever they publish. To me Facebook is like a bulletin board at a grocery store. Anyone can pin anything to it, and occasionally the store will clean it up if needed, but most of the content is produced by outside parties, not the store itself.